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These health care professionals had a median salary of $41,790 in 2012, according to the BLS. The highest earners made more than $60,240, while the lowest earners took home less than $29,710. California is home to the highest-earning surgical technologists – particularly the metropolitan areas of Vallejo, Oakland, San Jose, Sacramento and San Francisco.

Job Salary Year
2004 $34,690.00
2006 $37,300.00
2008 $39,960.00
2010 $41,220.00
2012 $43,480.00

Average Surgical Technologist Pay vs. All Health Care Jobs

With an average salary of $43,480 in 2012, surgical technologists earned less than health care professionals who invested more time in education, such as registered nurses ($67,930), but they earned more than clinical lab technicians ($39,340), nursing aides ($25,620) and home health aides ($21,830).

Job Name Salary
Registered Nurse $65,470.00
Surgical Technologist $41,790.00
Clinical Laboratory Technician $37,240.00
Nursing Aide $24,420.00
Home Health Aide $20,820.00

Best Paying Cities for Surgical Technologists

The highest paid in the surgical technologist profession work in the metropolitan areas of Vallejo, Calif., Oakland, Calif., and San Jose, Calif. The Sacramento, Calif. area also pays well, as does the city of San Francisco.

Vallejo, Calif.

Average Salary: $72,520 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a surgical technologist working in Vallejo, Calif. is $72,520, which is $30,730 more than the average pay in the profession.

Oakland, Calif.

Average Salary: $67,210 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a surgical technologist working in Oakland, Calif. is $67,210, which is $25,420 more than the average pay in the profession.

San Jose, Calif.

Average Salary: $62,640 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a surgical technologist working in San Jose, Calif. is $62,640, which is $20,850 more than the average pay in the profession.

Sacramento, Calif.

Average Salary: $62,220 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a surgical technologist working in Sacramento, Calif. is $62,220, which is $20,430 more than the average pay in the profession.

San Francisco

Average Salary: $61,690 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a surgical technologist working in San Francisco is $61,690, which is $19,900 more than the average pay in the profession.

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