Surgical techs can expect to earn $18.50-$19 per hour to start. Earning potential increases with experience and knowledge. Certification leads to earning more income.
Because of the current shortage of surgical technologists, there are always openings for STs. The United States Department of Labor says job opportunities for surgical technologists are expected to be favorable as the numbers of surgeries increase as the population grows and ages. The MCC Research department maintains a publication detailing the career outlook for ST (PDF) program graduates.