Monday, March 29, 2021

20 Best Metropolitan Markets for Surgical Technologist Pay

In a January commentary we examined Surgical Technologist Pay in the Top 20 Metropolitan Areas.  As is the case with many professions, the major metro areas in the U.S. are the top employment centers for surgical technologists.  Even so, it is in smaller metro markets where surgical technologists will frequently find better average compensation levels. This can be seen in May 2019 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which reveals that only four of the 20 largest metro areas in the nation were among the 20 best metropolitan markets for surgical technologist pay:

Metropolitan Area # Employed Annual Mean Wages
1 Salinas, CA 60 $74,280
2 San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA (#) 1,170 $72,790
3 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 560 $69,750
4 Anchorage, AK 150 $69,690
5 Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 140 $69,160
6 Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade 680 $68,150
7 Fresno, CA 240 $67,280
8 Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 830 $67,060
9 Redding, CA 50 $66,520
10 Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 110 $66420
11 Barnstable Town, MA 110 $66,250
12 Waterbury, CT 70 $63,690
13 Fairbanks, AK 50 $62,920
14 San Diego-Carlsbad, CA (#) 660 $62,840
15 New Haven, CT 180 $62,740
16 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 770 $62,550
17 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington (#) 1,250 $62,470
18 Stockton-Lodi, CA 160 $61,570
19 Corvallis, OR 30 $61,560
20 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA (#) 1,210 $61,240
National 109,000 $50,110

(#) a top 20 U.S metro population area

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted January 6, 2021

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