Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

29-2055 Surgical Technologists

Assist in operations, under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, or other surgical personnel. May help set up operating room, prepare and transport patients for surgery, adjust lights and equipment, pass instruments and other supplies to surgeons and surgeon's assistants, hold retractors, cut sutures, and help count sponges, needles, supplies, and instruments.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
92,260 1.3 % $19.86 $41,310 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.51 $16.06 $19.19 $22.87 $27.56
Annual Wage (2) $28,100 $33,400 $39,920 $47,570 $57,330


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 64,180 1.24 $19.61 $40,780
Offices of Physicians 11,430 0.49 $20.52 $42,690
Outpatient Care Centers 7,780 1.31 $20.42 $42,480
Offices of Dentists 4,060 0.49 $18.01 $37,470
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 1,230 0.57 $22.42 $46,630

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Outpatient Care Centers 7,780 1.31 $20.42 $42,480
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 64,180 1.24 $19.61 $40,780
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 1,230 0.57 $22.42 $46,630
Offices of Physicians 11,430 0.49 $20.52 $42,690
Offices of Dentists 4,060 0.49 $18.01 $37,470

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 630 0.09 $26.85 $55,840
Employment Services 700 0.03 $23.30 $48,460
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 780 0.03 $22.88 $47,590
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 1,230 0.57 $22.42 $46,630
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 470 0.19 $21.17 $44,030


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 9,110 0.65 0.90 $23.47 $48,820
Texas 8,650 0.86 1.18 $19.33 $40,200
Florida 6,360 0.90 1.23 $17.81 $37,050
New York 4,800 0.58 0.79 $21.71 $45,160
Tennessee 3,680 1.43 1.97 $17.92 $37,270




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Tennessee 3,680 1.43 1.97 $17.92 $37,270
Kentucky 1,980 1.15 1.59 $17.38 $36,150
Mississippi 1,210 1.13 1.56 $15.55 $32,340
Alabama 1,930 1.07 1.47 $15.96 $33,200
South Dakota 410 1.06 1.46 $17.22 $35,820




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 740 0.66 0.91 $24.37 $50,690
Hawaii 280 0.48 0.67 $23.82 $49,550
Alaska 140 0.44 0.61 $23.80 $49,510
District of Columbia 590 0.92 1.27 $23.53 $48,950
California 9,110 0.65 0.90 $23.47 $48,820

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,910 0.58 0.80 $22.79 $47,390
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,700 0.71 0.98 $21.80 $45,330
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,030 0.81 1.12 $21.74 $45,220
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,590 0.80 1.10 $19.95 $41,510
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,520 0.67 0.92 $21.37 $44,460
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,440 0.87 1.19 $23.45 $48,780
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,330 0.60 0.83 $19.47 $40,500
Baltimore-Towson, MD 1,230 1.00 1.37 $22.73 $47,270
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 1,190 1.69 2.33 $19.78 $41,150
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 1,130 0.32 0.44 $21.01 $43,710




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rochester, MN 350 3.51 4.83 $25.25 $52,510
Florence, SC 260 3.33 4.59 $17.61 $36,630
Owensboro, KY 130 2.83 3.90 $15.24 $31,700
Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ 90 2.11 2.91 $19.95 $41,490
Chattanooga, TN-GA 430 1.96 2.69 $17.61 $36,620
Gainesville, FL 220 1.89 2.61 $17.13 $35,640
Tyler, TX 170 1.84 2.54 $16.82 $34,980
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 350 1.80 2.48 $21.93 $45,610
Knoxville, TN 560 1.76 2.43 $16.85 $35,050
Dothan, AL 100 1.75 2.41 $17.56 $36,520




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 350 0.41 0.57 $29.74 $61,850
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, MA-NH NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $28.23 $58,720
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 710 0.74 1.03 $28.04 $58,320
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 540 0.56 0.78 $27.59 $57,380
Peabody, MA NECTA Division 40 0.43 0.59 $27.33 $56,850
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 310 0.57 0.78 $26.97 $56,100
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 120 0.69 0.95 $26.12 $54,330
Redding, CA (8) (8) (8) $26.03 $54,140
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 530 0.65 0.90 $25.93 $53,930
Barnstable Town, MA 70 0.74 1.02 $25.26 $52,550

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 250 0.87 1.20 $17.80 $37,020
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 240 1.67 2.30 $17.14 $35,640
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 220 0.89 1.23 $16.69 $34,720
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 210 1.24 1.71 $20.32 $42,250
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 210 0.75 1.03 $16.70 $34,730

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 240 1.67 2.30 $17.14 $35,640
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 170 1.46 2.01 $15.12 $31,460
North Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 150 1.37 1.89 $14.66 $30,490
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 150 1.31 1.81 $16.64 $34,600
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 130 1.25 1.72 $16.39 $34,090

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 60 0.62 0.85 $23.75 $49,410
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 40 0.92 1.27 $23.13 $48,110
North Arizona nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $22.62 $47,060
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 70 0.76 1.04 $22.35 $46,500
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 60 0.81 1.11 $21.70 $45,130


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011

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