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States with surgical technologist schools

How will your surgical technologist education stack up?

If you want to study surgical technology at home, you should be aware of how your education will compare to the education available elsewhere in the US. Below is some information to help you get started. The US has 529 brick and mortar surgical technologist schools.

Top Schools

In 2010, the top schools in the country with surgical technologist programs were:

  1. The University of Montana - located in Missoula, Montana
  2. University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown - located in Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  3. Mount Aloysius College - located in Cresson, Pennsylvania

Student Demographics

In the US, 9,152 students graduated from surgical technologist programs in 2010. Of these students, 5,668 graduated from certificate programs in surgical technology and 3,484 graduated from undergraduate programs in surgical technology.


Students can pursue education in surgical technology at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Surgical Technology
  • Bachelor's Degree in Surgical Technology
  • Certificate in Surgical Technology

The skills and/or knowledge that surgical technologist students can expect to gain during the course of their surgical technologist education are:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Creative Thinking
  • Planning and Organization
  • Critical Thinking and Analysis
  • Surgical Procedures


The average tuition at surgical technologist schools around the nation was $12,342 per year in 2010. The surgical technologist schools charging the highest tuition were:

  1. Dover Business College - located in Clifton, New Jersey, students paid $17,115
  2. Mount Aloysius College - located in Cresson, Pennsylvania, students paid $17,280
  3. Everest College-Reseda - located in Reseda, California, students paid $0

The surgical technologist schools that charged students the lowest tuition rates were:

  1. Monongalia County Technical Education Center - located in Morgantown, West Virginia, students paid $1,050
  2. The University of Montana - located in Missoula, Montana, students paid $5,330
  3. Baptist Health Schools-Little Rock - located in Little Rock, Arkansas, students paid $7,340

How will your surgical technologist job compare?

Surgical technologist is the profession of choice for a large number of surgical technologist graduates. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that in 2010, 92,260 surgical technologists were working in the US. The largest numbers of surgical technologists work in the following states:

  1. California - 9,110 Surgical Technologists
  2. Texas - 8,650 Surgical Technologists
  3. Florida - 6,360 Surgical Technologists

Projected Growth

The projected growth for surgical technologists is expected to be the fastest in the following states:

  1. Georgia - 40%
  2. Utah - 39%
  3. Oklahoma - 35%


A surgical technologist in the US earns $39,030 per year on average. However, the salary for a surgical technologist can greatly vary based on factors such as location, seniority or work conditions. A surgical technologist in the US can earn anywhere from less than $15,810 per year to more than $82,530 per year. The states with the highest average salary for a surgical technologist are:

  1. Nevada - $50,690 per year
  2. Hawaii - $49,550 per year
  3. Alaska - $49,510 per year

Surgical technologists in the following states make the lowest salaries on average:

  1. West Virginia - $32,310 per year
  2. Mississippi - $32,340 per year
  3. Alabama - $33,200 per year

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Surgical Technologists 92,260 $41,310 10.3%