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 surgeons' assistants, hold retractors, cut sutures, and help count sponges, needles, supplies, and instruments.
According to the US Department of Labor, there are 110,700 people employed as surgical technologists in the United States. The median annual salary is $48,530. Entry level employees earn approximately $36,930 per year and senior employees earn approximately $75,940 per year.
Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.