Training Requirements for Surgical Technologists

Surgical technologists need a postsecondary nondegree award.

Degrees for Surgical technologists
Percent
Less than High School 1.8
High School 19.7
Some College 33.7
Associates Degree 20.8
Bachelors Degree 19.7
Masters Degree 3.4
Doctorate or Professional Degree 1.0

Employment Outlook for Surgical Technologists

This represents about 99,000 people in the United States.

Over the next 10 years there will be aproximately 14,000 more surgical technologists but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 24,000 more.

Typical Income for Surgical Technologists

Hourly Income

On average,surgical technologists make $22.50 per hour.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Surgical technologists $15.25 $17.78 $21.71 $26.46 $31.16
Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations $15.59 $21.80 $30.49 $43.83 $64.87
Health technologists and technicians $12.29 $15.63 $20.55 $27.58 $35.76
Health practitioner support technologists and technicians $10.48 $12.68 $15.93 $19.84 $24.75
National Average $9.27 $11.60 $17.81 $28.92 $45.45

Annual Salaries

On average, surgical technologists make $46,800 per year.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Surgical technologists $31,720 $36,980 $45,160 $55,030 $64,800
Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations $32,430 $45,330 $63,420 $91,180 $134,930
Health technologists and technicians $25,570 $32,510 $42,750 $57,370 $74,390
Health practitioner support technologists and technicians $21,810 $26,370 $33,140 $41,270 $51,490
National Average $19,290 $24,140 $37,040 $60,150 $94,540

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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