In 2001, Texas became the first state in the union to require licensing before operating room assistants could use the title "surgical tech." As of 2010, surgical techs in Texas must hold an associate's degree in a directly related field and pass an exam in surgical assisting in order to receive a license to work as a surgical tech.
The 2009 Occupational Employment and Wages Survey estimates the 7,820 surgical techs in Texas earn an average of $39,670 per year. The top decile made $53,740 per year while the bottom decile averaged $26,000.
Salary By Texas Municipality
Surgical tech salaries differed among Texas locations. The average salary in 2009 by location in Texas was: Abilene ($28,580); Amarillo ($37,290); Austin-Round Rock ($40,710); Beaumont-Port Arthur ($40,160); Brownsville-Harlingen ($38,910); College Station-Bryan ($37,010); Corpus Christi ($39,360); Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington ($41,480); Dallas-Plano-Irving ($41,410); El Paso ($38,240); Fort Worth-Arlington ($41,650); Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown ($44,920); Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood ($30,110); Longview ($35,630); Lubbock ($34,560); McAllen-Edinburg-Mission ($38,570); Odessa ($32,230); San Angelo ($42,770); San Antonio ($33,930); Sherman-Denison ($37,970); Tyler ($34,660); Victoria ($34,520); Waco ($35,220); and Wichita Falls ($33,720).
Texas Salaries Relative to Other States
Ranked by 2009 average surgical tech salary, Texas is the 27th state in the nation. The five lowest paying states were: New Mexico ($33,930); Oklahoma ($33,860); Alabama ($32,940); Mississippi ($32,640); and West Virginia ($31,910). The five highest-paying states were: California ($46,600); the District of Columbia ($47,390); Minnesota ($47,590); Nevada ($48,440); and Maryland ($48,820).
Requirements For Texas Licensing
Applicants for a Texas surgical tech license must hold an associate's degree in surgical assisting, medicine, registered nurse first assisting program or surgical physician assisting and pass an exam from the American Board of Surgical Assistants, National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting or National Surgical Assistant Association. Following verification of education and examination requirements, applicants must also have at least 2,000 hours of experience as a surgical assistant under the direct supervision of a physician during the previous three years.