Travel Surgical Technician Salary Guide

Surgical technicians, also called surgical techs, play an essential role in keeping patients safe during surgical procedures. Before a procedure begins, the surgical tech typically verifies that the operating room (OR) is clean, then brings the patient from the holding area into the OR. As the procedure progresses, the surgical tech is responsible for maintaining a sterile environment and ensuring that surgeons and other personnel have the right equipment and supplies. Surgical techs are also responsible for sterilizing equipment, putting patients at ease and setting up monitors and different types of OR equipment.

How do you become a surgical tech?

After earning your high school diploma or GED, the first step to becoming a surgical tech is to complete a postsecondary surgical technology program at a community college or vocational school to obtain a certificate or associate degree. Surgical technology programs typically include anatomy, physiology, patient care, medical terminology and biomedical ethics coursework. You may also have the opportunity to complete an internship or clinical experience, ensuring you feel confident in your skills before you apply for your first surgical tech job.

What credentials/licensing does a surgical tech require?

Most employers require their surgical techs to have the Basic Life Support certification offered by the American Heart Association. If they become certified as a surgical technologist, Certified Surgical Technologists must be licensed in Arkansas and obtain the Certified Surgical Technologist credential from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) in the following states:

  • Idaho

  • Indiana

  • Massachusetts

  • Nevada

  • New Jersey

  • Oregon

  • South Carolina

  • Tennessee

  • Texas

If you live in New York, you must get certified by a nationally accredited organization. The NBSTSA credential satisfies this requirement. 

Some states may also require surgical technicians to be certified through the NBSTSA or earn the National Center for Competency Testing’s Tech in Surgery–Certified credential. Even if your state has no certification requirements, seeking professional credentials can benefit your career.

Average Travel Surgical Technician Salary


The average salary for a Travel Surgical Technician is $1,892 per week. This is 24% lower than the practicing US average of $2,353.

Last updated on July 21, 2024. Based on 675 active jobs on in the last 7 days.

Salaries for Travel Surgical Technician compared to Allied Health Professional National Averages


24% lower than the practicing US average.


United States

Where do Travel Surgical Technicians get paid the most?
StateAverage Weekly SalaryMax Weekly Salary
Rhode Island$2,183$2,639
South Dakota$2,139$2,643
New Hampshire$2,096$2,967
West Virginia$2,075$2,282
New Jersey$1,961$2,376
New York$1,923$2,324
What cities pay the most for Travel Surgical Technicians?
CityAverage Weekly SalaryMax Weekly Salary
Waltham, Massachusetts$2,699$2,699
Renton, Washington$2,467$2,530
Sioux Falls, South Dakota$2,424$2,643
Castro Valley, California$2,392$2,392
Bellevue, Washington$2,271$2,271
San Mateo, California$2,246$2,402
San Francisco, California$2,211$2,400
Seattle, Washington$2,211$2,937
What are the highest paying Employers and Agencies for Travel Surgical Technician jobs?
Average Weekly SalaryMax Weekly Salary
PRIDE Health$2,937$2,937
Healthcare Support$2,602$2,602
Becker Health/MedHQ$2,376$2,376
DT-Healthcare Staffing$2,362$2,362
IDR Healthcare$2,361$2,361
NimbusNest, Inc.$2,356$2,356
A & A Services$2,292$2,301
JEDY Network$2,285$2,288
Tekaccel, Inc.$2,200$2,200

Last updated on July 21, 2024. Information based on active jobs on

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Do travel surgical techs earn more than staff surgical techs?

Travel surgical techs generally earn more than surgical techs in staff positions. If you work 40 hours per week at the average staff rate of $38.12 per hour, your weekly salary totals about $1,525. As noted earlier, the average weekly salary for travel surgical techs was $2,125, a difference of about $600 weekly and more than $31,000 annually.

How much does a travel surgical tech make?

Per Vivian Health's salary data, travel surgical technicians earned an average weekly wage of $2,125 during the first week of April 2023. Divided by a 40-hour workweek, this wage equals $53.13 per hour.

What states employ the most surgical techs?

States with large populations tend to have some of the highest employment levels for each job, and surgical technician roles are no exception. According to BLS, these states employ the most surgical techs:

  • California: 11,390

  • Texas: 10,820

  • Florida: 7,370

  • New York: 5,720

  • Michigan: 4,130

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