Surgical technologists are below average when it comes to happiness.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, surgical technologists rate their career happiness 3.0 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 33% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy surgical technologists are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Dentist
3.0
$160k
Physician assistant
3.0
$122k
Immunologist
3.0
$201k
Health services manager
3.0
$101k
Surgical technologist
3.0
$49k
Dental assistant
3.0
$39k
Medical transcriptionist
3.0
$30k
Diagnostic medical sonographer
3.0
$78k
Optometrist
3.0
$124k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are surgical technologists happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do surgical technologists find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as surgical technologists?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are surgical technologist’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are surgical technologists making the best use of their abilities?

Are surgical technologists happy with their salary?

Surgical technologists rated their satisfaction with their salaries 2.9/5. Surgical technologists tend to be quite unhappy with their salary, with very few reporting satisfaction with their pay.

We asked surgical technologists how fairly compensated they are for their work.
Their response was:

2.9 out of 5 stars

281 surgical technologists

5 Star
12%

12% of surgical technologists rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
18%

18% of surgical technologists rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
34%

34% of surgical technologists rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
17%

17% of surgical technologists rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
19%

19% of surgical technologists rated their compensation 1 stars

Do surgical technologists find their jobs meaningful?

On average, surgical technologists rate the meaningfulness of their work a 3.1/5. Most tend to be satisified with the level of meaning they find in their careers.

We asked surgical technologists how meaningful they found their work.
Their response was:

3.1 out of 5 stars

280 surgical technologists

5 Star
22%

22% of surgical technologists rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
18%

18% of surgical technologists rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
25%

25% of surgical technologists rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
19%

19% of surgical technologists rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
16%

16% of surgical technologists rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

How well are people’s personalities suited to everyday tasks as surgical technologists?

Surgical technologists rated their personality fit with their work an average of 3.8/5. The majority of surgical technologists find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

We asked surgical technologists how well their personalities fit into their careers.
Their response was:

3.8 out of 5 stars

296 surgical technologists

5 Star
35%

35% of surgical technologists rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
30%

30% of surgical technologists rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
20%

20% of surgical technologists rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
9%

9% of surgical technologists rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
5%

5% of surgical technologists rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a surgical technologist’s work environment?

As a whole, surgical technologists rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.4/5. A solid majority of surgical technologists enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as a surgical technologist.

We asked surgical technologists how much they enjoyed their work environment.
Their response was:

3.4 out of 5 stars

293 surgical technologists

5 Star
23%

23% of surgical technologists rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
29%

29% of surgical technologists rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
23%

23% of surgical technologists rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
15%

15% of surgical technologists rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
11%

11% of surgical technologists rated their work environment 1 stars

Are surgical technologists making the best use of their abilities?

Former surgical technologists on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 3.3/5. Most surgical technologists are satisfied with how well their abilities are skills are made of use.

We asked surgical technologists how well their abilities were used in their careers.
Their response was:

3.3 out of 5 stars

296 surgical technologists

5 Star
25%

25% of surgical technologists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
25%

25% of surgical technologists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
21%

21% of surgical technologists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
17%

17% of surgical technologists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
13%

13% of surgical technologists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars