How Much Does A Surgical Technologist Make?

Surgical technologists assist surgeons in the operating room. From sterilizing the equipment to passing the tools to the surgeon to bringing the patient to the recovery room, surgical technologists perform their duties before, during and after an operation.

Surgical technology is also a relatively easy field to get into because of the minimal educational requirements, giving those who want to work in healthcare but don’t have the time or resources for a lengthy time in school a chance to enter the industry.

The field is also expected to have very positive employment opportunities in the next few years. Surgical technologists are also paid well.

Average Surgical Technologist Annual Salary

$46,800

The average annual salary for surgical technologists is $46,800 a year. Salaries start at $31,720 a year and go up to $64,800 a year.

Average Surgical Technologist Hourly Wage

$22.50

The average hourly wage for a surgical technologist is $22.50. Hourly wages were between $15.25 and $31.16 an hour.

Stats were based out of 105,720 employed surgical technologists in the United States.

Does Your Pay Depend On Your Experience?

Executive Surgical Technologist

$64,800/year $31.16/hour

(Top 10% of Surgical Technologists)


Senior Surgical Technologist

$55,030/year $26.46/hour

(Top 25% of Surgical Technologists)


Mid Level Surgical Technologist

$45,160/year $21.71/hour

(Median)


Junior Surgical Technologist

$36,980/year $17.78/hour

(Bottom 25% of Surgical Technologists)


Entry Level Surgical Technologist

$31,720/year $15.25/hour

(Bottom 10% of Surgical Technologists)


Surgical Technologist Average Salary Comparison

Nuclear Medicine Technologists
$75k / year
$36 / hour
Dental Hygienists
$73k / year
$35 / hour
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
$71k / year
$34 / hour
Orthotists and Prosthetists
$69k / year
$33 / hour
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists
$69k / year
$33 / hour
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
$62k / year
$30 / hour
Radiologic Technologists
$59k / year
$28 / hour
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians
$57k / year
$27 / hour
Hearing Aid Specialists
$53k / year
$25 / hour
Respiratory Therapy Technicians
$50k / year
$24 / hour

Top 10 Highest Paying States For Surgical Technologists

Top 10 Highest Paying Cities For Surgical Technologists

Surgical Technologist Salary By State

Rank State Hourly Rate Annual Salary
#1 Nevada $29.15 $60,640
#2 California $28.60 $59,490
#3 District of Columbia $26.56 $55,240
#4 Alaska $26.54 $55,200
#5 Washington $26.44 $55,000
#6 Connecticut $25.98 $54,030
#7 Minnesota $25.49 $53,020
#8 Maryland $25.19 $52,390
#9 New York $25.18 $52,380
#10 Wisconsin $25.14 $52,290
#11 Arizona $24.98 $51,960
#12 Massachusetts $24.86 $51,710
#13 Hawaii $24.66 $51,300
#14 Rhode Island $24.23 $50,400
#15 New Jersey $24.04 $50,000
#16 New Hampshire $23.98 $49,870
#17 Oregon $23.93 $49,770
#18 Colorado $23.90 $49,720
#19 Virginia $23.35 $48,560
#20 Idaho $22.98 $47,790
#21 Texas $22.28 $46,330
#22 Montana $21.98 $45,720
#23 Delaware $21.97 $45,690
#24 Illinois $21.87 $45,500
#25 Wyoming $21.74 $45,210
#26 Maine $21.64 $45,000
#27 Pennsylvania $20.78 $43,210
#28 New Mexico $20.76 $43,180
#29 Michigan $20.72 $43,100
#30 Indiana $20.55 $42,740
#31 Missouri $20.49 $42,610
#32 Nebraska $20.44 $42,520
#33 Vermont $20.36 $42,360
#34 Florida $20.36 $42,350
#35 Kentucky $20.26 $42,140
#36 Ohio $20.22 $42,060
#37 North Carolina $20.06 $41,720
#38 North Dakota $19.95 $41,500
#39 Georgia $19.90 $41,390
#40 Tennessee $19.56 $40,680
#41 Arkansas $19.52 $40,600
#42 Kansas $19.35 $40,250
#43 Iowa $19.32 $40,180
#44 Utah $19.23 $40,000
#45 Oklahoma $18.90 $39,320
#46 South Carolina $18.75 $39,000
#47 Louisiana $18.72 $38,930
#48 South Dakota $18.70 $38,890
#49 West Virginia $18.23 $37,930
#50 Mississippi $18.18 $37,810
#51 Alabama $16.88 $35,110
#52 Puerto Rico $9.85 $20,490

Data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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