Surgical Technologist Salary

The average surgical technologist salary is calculated by the US Government Bureau of Labor Statistics from a variety of sources. Surgical Technologists work in a number of settings including hospitals, clinics and medical offices. Wages and benefits will vary depending on the location and the setting. Area of specialization also plays a part in how much they earn. The assumption was made that the technicians reflected here were working an average of 40 hours per week with a total of 2080 hours per year.

Alternate Titles: OR technician, Surgery tech,  certified surgical technician, certified surgical technologist.

Median Hourly & Annual Data


A Surgical Technologists median or average salary is $21.36 per hour. The lowest 10% earn $14.64 per hour and those in the upper 10% earn more than $29.47 per hour.


On an annual basis the average salary is $42,720. The lowest 10% earn less than $30,450 per year while the upper 10% earn more than $61,300 per year. These salaries are calculated as a mean or average.

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Lowest and Highest Surgical Technologist Salary

The lowest earnings are below $14.00 per hour. Presumably this is offset by costs of living and other factors. The lower pay levels are associated with rural areas. The highest pay levels are found in major metropolitan areas where the mean or average wage is over $30.00 per hour. Demand and low supply seem to be a significant factor in fueling higher salaries.

Top 5 States

The best states to earn a Surgical Technologist Salary are California $57,790, Hawaii $55,740, Nevada $54,590, Connecticut $53,950 and Alaska $52,730.

Top 5 Metropolitan Areas

The top 5 cities are Vallejo-Fairfield CA, Oakland-Fremont CA, San Francisco CA, San Jose CA, and Bethesda MD.

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Other Industries that Employ Surgical Technologists

The majority are employed in hospitals and clinics, A small number work in federal service, military healthcare systems, and universities.

Employment Data

It is estimated that there are over 94,490 Surgical Technologists or Surgical Techs in the U.S.

Where They Work

Of all the OR techs employed in the United States the majority of them work in hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, physicians’ offices or dentist offices.

Private Practice vs. Employment

Surgical technologists work under the direct supervision of a surgeon. Self employment or private practice opportunities will be very limited for this occupation.


Fringe benefits such as vacation, health insurance and retirement plans will vary depending on the work setting and size of the employer. A typical benefits package is worth over $20,000 per year.

International Salary

United Kingdom (UK)[1]

Surgical Technologists or operating department practitioners in the UK can start at £21,176, rising to £27,625 over time. With several years' experience this can go up to £34,189. Additional cost of living allowances may be paid to those working in certain geographical locations.


Surgical assistant or operating room technician - A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $42,000 – $52,000.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average wages are earned in Edmonton, Alberta at $27.17 per hour and the lowest average wages are earned in Fredericton, New Brunswick at $19.84 per hour. Government data indicates that there will be enough job seekers for this profession for the near future.


Medical/Operation Theater Technicians provide support to medical professionals in a variety of ways. They operate medical equipment in emergency rooms and operating theatres, perform and assist with laboratory tests, and at times may fill prescriptions in pharmacies.

  • Starting salary: $45,000 P/A
  • Senior salary: $70,000 P/A
  • Average salary: $60,000 P/AWages will vary according to your level of skill, experience and employer
  • Employment level:26,400 as of November 2012 (Projected employment levels in 2017 of 31,700)
  • Average weekly hours: Average weekly hours worked for a full time Medical Technician is 37.8 hours
  • Employment by region: The top three regions for employment as a Medical Technician include:NSW: 36.9%VIC: 28.3%QLD: 13.5%

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