Surgical Technologist Salary Information

Find out how much you’ll earn in a career as a surgical technologist or technician.

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Surgical Technologist Salary

According to the most recent report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), pay for surgical technologists and technicians increases with your experience and education.

A full-time surgical technologist will typically be offered a benefits package including health care, vacation, and holiday pay, sick leave and a 401(k) plan. You may also be offered tuition reimbursement so that you can renew your credentials or certification at little or no cost to you.

Here are surgical tech median annual salaries by state, as cited by the BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook:

Surgical Technologists

National data

Median Salary: $49,710

Bottom 10%: $34,120

Top 10%: $73,110

Projected job growth: 8.7%

State data

State Median Salary Bottom 10% Top 10%
Alabama $37,970 $25,400 $52,150
Alaska $67,120 $47,990 $84,450
Arizona $53,620 $34,720 $67,650
Arkansas $42,000 $28,280 $59,150
California $63,920 $40,100 $91,840
Colorado $57,470 $40,630 $76,510
Connecticut $63,080 $39,940 $81,930
Delaware $50,570 $38,610 $67,750
District of Columbia $60,670 $36,710 $88,460
Florida $46,380 $32,360 $63,030
Georgia $46,800 $33,750 $64,130
Hawaii $50,630 $31,820 $80,660
Idaho $48,340 $33,920 $64,060
Illinois $49,060 $34,470 $68,650
Indiana $48,870 $36,520 $63,710
Iowa $43,620 $33,200 $57,790
Kansas $44,990 $33,180 $61,950
Kentucky $43,610 $32,490 $59,880
Louisiana $41,730 $28,670 $57,920
Maine $49,330 $39,600 $63,010
Maryland $55,170 $37,780 $75,110
Massachusetts $57,740 $41,140 $81,420
Michigan $46,100 $31,720 $61,680
Minnesota $61,260 $45,850 $78,800
Mississippi $40,230 $28,870 $56,900
Missouri $43,640 $32,800 $61,350
Montana $48,990 $31,320 $71,570
Nebraska $48,770 $37,990 $62,640
Nevada $62,890 $39,930 $96,880
New Hampshire $52,580 $36,000 $66,540
New Jersey $54,990 $42,160 $71,020
New Mexico $44,390 $33,340 $62,020
New York $58,080 $41,040 $81,480
North Carolina $44,880 $33,960 $60,750
North Dakota $50,060 $37,270 $65,250
Ohio $47,880 $35,590 $63,820
Oklahoma $43,780 $32,390 $61,610
Oregon $59,290 $42,190 $78,290
Pennsylvania $46,450 $34,940 $64,090
Rhode Island $59,520 $43,620 $77,380
South Carolina $43,200 $32,200 $58,480
South Dakota $43,980 $33,260 $60,340
Tennessee $43,110 $32,500 $61,320
Texas $49,120 $33,430 $67,340
Utah $46,100 $32,670 $65,930
Vermont $46,730 $33,720 $64,290
Virginia $49,910 $34,000 $76,170
Washington $59,620 $43,430 $80,330
West Virginia $37,380 $26,960 $58,150
Wisconsin $56,590 $42,480 $74,940
Wyoming $45,710 $33,810 $62,680

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) 2020 median salary; projected job growth through 2030. Actual salaries vary depending on location, level of education, years of experience, work environment, and other factors. Salaries may differ even more for those who are self-employed or work part time.

Surgical Technologist Job Outlook

Employment of surgical technologists is expected to increase 9% through 2030, faster than average for all occupations.

As advancements in technology have made surgery safer, and as the aging population requires care, surgery technologists may be ensured steady work. Prospects are best for those who’ve completed an accredited education program and who maintain their professional certification.

With experience and additional education, surgical technologists can advance to become surgical assistants. Good news is there may be online degree and education programs for those who need to continue to work while they pursue further education.


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2020 Occupational Employment Statistics; Surgical Technologists.

*The salary information listed is based on a national average, unless noted. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and other factors. National long-term projections of employment growth may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.