Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
19,890 4.5 % $45.18 $93,960 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $26.01 $33.04 $42.63 $54.45 $68.75
Annual Wage (2) $54,100 $68,720 $88,670 $113,250 $143,000


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 5,030 1.65 $47.24 $98,260
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,870 0.61 $49.04 $102,000
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 3,060 1.10 $43.47 $90,420
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 1,790 0.45 $45.34 $94,310
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,430 0.03 $35.08 $72,960

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 5,030 1.65 $47.24 $98,260
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 3,060 1.10 $43.47 $90,420
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,870 0.61 $49.04 $102,000
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 1,790 0.45 $45.34 $94,310
Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance 160 0.16 $44.78 $93,150

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Specialized Design Services (8) (8) $55.43 $115,300
Offices of Physicians 160 0.01 $49.95 $103,890
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,870 0.61 $49.04 $102,000
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 350 0.02 $48.66 $101,220
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 460 0.07 $47.95 $99,740


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 5,420 0.37 2.45 $51.15 $106,390
Massachusetts 1,750 0.54 3.57 $46.42 $96,560
Texas 1,240 0.11 0.76 $49.95 $103,900
Pennsylvania 1,210 0.22 1.44 $40.66 $84,570
Minnesota 1,040 0.39 2.58 $51.66 $107,450




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 1,750 0.54 3.57 $46.42 $96,560
Minnesota 1,040 0.39 2.58 $51.66 $107,450
California 5,420 0.37 2.45 $51.15 $106,390
Utah 440 0.35 2.35 $43.79 $91,080
Indiana 900 0.32 2.10 $31.47 $65,460




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Minnesota 1,040 0.39 2.58 $51.66 $107,450
California 5,420 0.37 2.45 $51.15 $106,390
New Jersey 510 0.13 0.90 $50.76 $105,570
Texas 1,240 0.11 0.76 $49.95 $103,900
New Mexico 70 0.09 0.62 $49.14 $102,210





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 1,320 0.91 6.07 $54.94 $114,280
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,070 0.61 4.09 $45.06 $93,720
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 870 0.49 3.23 $51.40 $106,910
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 830 0.89 5.95 $55.46 $115,350
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 810 0.44 2.92 $40.69 $84,640
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 610 0.60 4.03 $50.41 $104,860
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 580 0.56 3.73 $52.71 $109,640
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 580 0.15 0.98 $45.39 $94,420
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 450 0.49 3.27 $62.39 $129,770
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 430 0.33 2.20 $46.58 $96,890




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 210 1.33 8.85 $51.39 $106,880
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,320 0.91 6.07 $54.94 $114,280
Glens Falls, NY 50 0.90 6.00 (8) (8)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 830 0.89 5.95 $55.46 $115,350
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 100 0.84 5.58 $48.65 $101,190
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 370 0.66 4.38 $44.14 $91,820
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,070 0.61 4.09 $45.06 $93,720
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 610 0.60 4.03 $50.41 $104,860
Worcester, MA-CT 140 0.56 3.75 $51.04 $106,160
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 580 0.56 3.73 $52.71 $109,640




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)
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 450 0.49 3.27 $62.39 $129,770
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 830 0.89 5.95 $55.46 $115,350
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,320 0.91 6.07 $54.94 $114,280
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 110 0.13 0.85 $52.83 $109,880
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 580 0.56 3.73 $52.71 $109,640
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 870 0.49 3.23 $51.40 $106,910
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 210 1.33 8.85 $51.39 $106,880
Worcester, MA-CT 140 0.56 3.75 $51.04 $106,160
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 610 0.60 4.03 $50.41 $104,860
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 370 0.16 1.05 $50.19 $104,400

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 90 0.46 3.06 $33.88 $70,460

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 90 0.46 3.06 $33.88 $70,460

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 90 0.46 3.06 $33.88 $70,460


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014