Surgical technologists

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2019 Workforce
108k
Average Age
40.3
Estimated Job Growth
6.83%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$47,073
Average Male Salary
$54,366
Average Female Salary
$44,454

About

Surgical technologists are most often employed by the General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals industry. The average yearly wage for Surgical technologists was $47,073 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Surgical technologists by wage are Glaziers, Security & fire alarm systems installers, and Pipelayers.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Surgical technologists are Morris County (West) PUMA, NJ. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Surgical technologists are Morris County (West) PUMA, NJ.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Surgical technologists and on wages and locations for those in the field. General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals is the industry that employs the most Surgical technologists, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Surgical technologists, by average wage, is Employment services. Surgical technologists are paid most in Morris County (West) PUMA, NJ but are relatively concentrated in Morris County (West) PUMA, NJ.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$47,073
AVERAGE SALARY
± $2,284

In 2019, Surgical technologists earned an average of $47,073, $8,451 less than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Glaziers make somewhat more than Surgical technologists while Security & fire alarm systems installers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Surgical technologists as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.248
WAGE GINI

In 2019, Surgical technologists had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.248, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Surgical technologists (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Surgical technologists.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Surgical technologists

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Surgical technologists.

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Industries

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Industries by Share

108k
2019 Workforce
± 8,049
7.95%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 10%

The number of people employed as Surgical technologists has been growing at a rate of 7.95%, from 99,640 people in 2018 to 107,566 people in 2019.

This graphic shows the share of Surgical technologists employed by various industries. General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals employs the largest share of Surgical technologists at  66%, followed by Outpatient care centers with 11.9% and Offices of physicians with 7.72%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Surgical technologists in the US. The average age of male Surgical technologists in the workforce is 40.6 and of female Surgical technologists is 40.2, and the most common race/ethnicity for Surgical technologists is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

28.4k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 4,139
79.1k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 6,905

73.6% of Surgical technologists are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Surgical technologists.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Surgical technologists
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

59.4% of Surgical technologists are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 18.6% of Surgical technologists, Black (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Surgical technologists.

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Age by Gender

40.6
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 1.81
40.2
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 1.05

The median age of Surgical technologists is 40.3, and Male employees are generally 0.39 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Surgical technologists from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Surgical technologists is Health but a relatively high number of Surgical technologists hold a major in Interdisciplinary Studies.

Majors

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degrees. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree obtained.
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Projections

Projections on job growth for Surgical Technologists from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Surgical Technologists are expected to see a growth of 6.83% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow more than the national average.

Job Growth

6.83%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Surgical Technologists. This profession is expected to grow more than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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