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Surgical Technology Schools

There are 510 accredited surgical technology schools in the country. As a professor or instructor of surgical technology classes at one of these schools, you play a key role in shaping the future of this growing field. The trends in the surgical technology academic community can be evaluated by looking at the statistics and graphs below, which includes surgical technology training at the following levels:

  • Surgical Technology Certificate
  • Associates degree in Surgical Technology
  • Bachelors degree in Surgical Technology


Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Surgical technicians

84,330 86,000 89,600 91,250 92,260
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

In 2010, 92,260 surgical technicians were working in the US. Between 2006 and 2010, the number of surgical technicians has grown by 9%.

This growth is faster than the growth for all careers between the years 2006 and 2010, which was 1%. Until 2018 this trend is expected to contine.

National Salary percentiles for Surgical technicians

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The median yearly salary earned by surgical technicians, in 2010, was $39,920. The national median salary for all professions, was $68,155 in the same year. Thus, the median yearly salary for surgical technicians in the US was 39% less than the national median salary for all professions.

National Median Salary Growth For Surgical Technology

$36,080 $37,540 $38,740 $39,400 $39,920
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

There has been a 11% growth in surgical technicians' salaries from 2006 to 2010.

Educational Trends

National Surgical Technology Student enrollment growth by degree

2,349 2,775 2,765 3,249 3,483
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5,565 6,030 5,805 5,802 5,668
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Surgical Technology
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Surgical Technology
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Surgical Technology
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Surgical Technology
  • Grey: Certificate in Surgical Technology

We are seeing a rapid change in the career outlook for surgical technicians. However, the story on the educational front is quite different. In 2006, 7,916 students graduated from surgical technology degree programs in the US. In 2010, 9,152 students graduated from surgical technology schools.

Thus, in 4 years, there was a 16% growth in the number of surgical technology graduates. This growth in the number of students graduating from surgical technology courses is greater than the 12% growth nationally for students graduating from institutions of higher learning in general.

Surgical Technology Programs offered Nationwide


The number of schools offering surgical technology programs has decreased.

Surgical Technology Faculty Salaries

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