Occupational Employment Statistics


29-2055 Surgical Technologists

Assist in operations, under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, or other surgical personnel. May help set up operating room, prepare and transport patients for surgery, adjust lights and equipment, pass instruments and other supplies to surgeons and surgeon's assistants, hold retractors, cut sutures, and help count sponges, needles, supplies, and instruments.

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 14013$24.01/hr$17.49/hr$20.68/hr$23.90/hr$27.89/hr$30.67/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Education and Health Services2,340$28.63/hr
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/A$28.53/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
St Cloud MN MSA N/A$29.17/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southeast Minnesota N/A$28.37/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Balance of State 60$24.43/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 80$29.11/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 110$27.03/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 120$20.69/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 130$23.49/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 140$23.90/hr17.6%
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 140$24.65/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 180$27.31/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 190$26.83/hr19.5%
Central Minnesota 220$28.68/hr7.4%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 1,130$29.47/hr11.5%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,210$29.40/hrN/A
Minnesota 2,340$28.63/hr10.5%

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians 1,310$32.39/hr9.6%
Dental Assistants 5,730$24.42/hr8.3%
Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other 1,140$26.30/hr14.9%

  • Maintain a proper sterile field during surgical procedures.
  • Hand instruments and supplies to surgeons and surgeons' assistants, hold retractors and cut sutures, and perform other tasks as directed by surgeon during operation.
  • Provide technical assistance to surgeons, surgical nurses, or anesthesiologists.
  • Monitor and continually assess operating room conditions, including patient and surgical team needs.
  • Operate, assemble, adjust, or monitor sterilizers, lights, suction machines, or diagnostic equipment to ensure proper operation.
  • Scrub arms and hands and assist the surgical team to scrub and put on gloves, masks, and surgical clothing.
  • Prepare patients for surgery, including positioning patients on the operating table and covering them with sterile surgical drapes to prevent exposure.
  • Count sponges, needles, and instruments before and after operation.
  • Observe patients' vital signs to assess physical condition.
  • Prepare, care for, and dispose of tissue specimens taken for laboratory analysis.