Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

17-2031 Biomedical Engineers

Apply knowledge of engineering, biology, and biomechanical principles to the design, development, and evaluation of biological and health systems and products, such as artificial organs, prostheses, instrumentation, medical information systems, and heath management and care delivery systems.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
18,810 4.8 % $43.84 $91,200 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $25.29 $32.42 $41.81 $53.66 $67.05
Annual Wage (2) $52,600 $67,440 $86,960 $111,610 $139,450


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 4,830 1.57 $44.33 $92,200
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,540 0.56 $48.45 $100,780
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 2,930 1.09 $44.25 $92,030
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,360 0.05 $34.41 $71,570
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,260 0.02 $34.72 $72,220

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 4,830 1.57 $44.33 $92,200
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 2,930 1.09 $44.25 $92,030
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,540 0.56 $48.45 $100,780
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 1,250 0.31 $46.40 $96,510
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 590 0.10 $40.58 $84,410

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,540 0.56 $48.45 $100,780
Offices of Physicians 150 0.01 $48.21 $100,270
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 660 0.05 $47.85 $99,530
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 300 0.02 $47.67 $99,160
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 170 0.02 $46.56 $96,840


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 5,410 0.38 2.62 $48.83 $101,570
Massachusetts 1,740 0.54 3.76 $46.19 $96,070
Texas 1,430 0.13 0.93 $45.25 $94,110
Pennsylvania 1,260 0.23 1.56 $40.33 $83,890
Minnesota 1,110 0.42 2.90 $49.73 $103,440




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 1,740 0.54 3.76 $46.19 $96,070
Minnesota 1,110 0.42 2.90 $49.73 $103,440
California 5,410 0.38 2.62 $48.83 $101,570
Utah 350 0.29 2.04 $40.36 $83,950
Indiana 780 0.28 1.93 $32.60 $67,820




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colorado 110 0.05 0.34 $50.27 $104,550
Minnesota 1,110 0.42 2.90 $49.73 $103,440
California 5,410 0.38 2.62 $48.83 $101,570
Virginia 460 0.13 0.88 $47.02 $97,790
Massachusetts 1,740 0.54 3.76 $46.19 $96,070





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,100 0.78 5.42 $47.57 $98,950
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,070 0.63 4.34 $44.99 $93,580
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 930 1.04 7.20 $55.59 $115,620
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 920 0.53 3.64 $50.25 $104,510
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 840 0.46 3.18 $40.69 $84,630
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 640 0.64 4.47 $51.65 $107,440
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 540 0.14 0.97 $42.90 $89,240
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 450 0.17 1.17 $43.81 $91,130
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 440 0.35 2.40 $46.85 $97,450
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 360 0.37 2.57 $47.09 $97,940




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 220 1.41 9.78 $52.19 $108,550
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 930 1.04 7.20 $55.59 $115,620
Bloomington, IN 80 1.03 7.14 $44.89 $93,380
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 100 0.87 6.02 $48.70 $101,300
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 150 0.86 5.98 $55.79 $116,040
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,100 0.78 5.42 $47.57 $98,950
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 640 0.64 4.47 $51.65 $107,440
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 170 0.64 4.40 $47.94 $99,710
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,070 0.63 4.34 $44.99 $93,580
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 350 0.62 4.32 $44.55 $92,670




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 150 0.86 5.98 $55.79 $116,040
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 930 1.04 7.20 $55.59 $115,620
Worcester, MA-CT (8) (8) (8) $52.74 $109,710
Richmond, VA 60 0.10 0.71 $52.27 $108,730
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 220 1.41 9.78 $52.19 $108,550
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 640 0.64 4.47 $51.65 $107,440
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 920 0.53 3.64 $50.25 $104,510
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 110 0.13 0.91 $50.06 $104,130
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 50 0.41 2.84 $48.96 $101,840
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA (8) (8) (8) $48.87 $101,650

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 100 0.50 3.46 $36.54 $76,000

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 100 0.50 3.46 $36.54 $76,000

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 100 0.50 3.46 $36.54 $76,000


About May 2012 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013