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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

17-2031 Bioengineers and Biomedical Engineers

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


National estimates for Bioengineers and Biomedical Engineers
Industry profile for Bioengineers and Biomedical Engineers
Geographic profile for Bioengineers and Biomedical Engineers

National estimates for Bioengineers and Biomedical Engineers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Bioengineers and Biomedical Engineers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
18,660 4.9 % $ 47.28 $ 98,340 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for Bioengineers and Biomedical Engineers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 27.21 $ 34.54 $ 44.53 $ 57.18 $ 71.85
Annual Wage (2) $ 56,590 $ 71,830 $ 92,620 $ 118,930 $ 149,440


Industry profile for Bioengineers and Biomedical Engineers:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Bioengineers and Biomedical Engineers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 3,090 0.99 $ 47.02 $ 97,800
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,090 0.41 $ 50.00 $ 104,010
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 2,560 0.86 $ 47.41 $ 98,610
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 1,570 0.38 $ 52.51 $ 109,220
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,170 0.02 $ 39.38 $ 81,910

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Bioengineers and Biomedical Engineers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 3,090 0.99 $ 47.02 $ 97,800
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 2,560 0.86 $ 47.41 $ 98,610
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,090 0.41 $ 50.00 $ 104,010
Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance 400 0.39 $ 42.31 $ 88,000
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 1,570 0.38 $ 52.51 $ 109,220

Top paying industries for Bioengineers and Biomedical Engineers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4242 and 4246 only) 90 0.02 $ 60.17 $ 125,160
Management of Companies and Enterprises 760 0.03 $ 53.53 $ 111,340
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 1,570 0.38 $ 52.51 $ 109,220
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 250 0.01 $ 52.43 $ 109,060
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 820 0.05 $ 50.47 $ 104,980


Geographic profile for Bioengineers and Biomedical Engineers:

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





States with the highest employment level in Bioengineers and Biomedical Engineers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 2,330 0.14 1.06 $ 51.30 $ 106,700
Massachusetts 1,350 0.40 3.00 $ 59.69 $ 124,160
Texas 1,200 0.10 0.74 $ 41.78 $ 86,900
Pennsylvania 1,130 0.21 1.53 $ 37.38 $ 77,750
Florida 1,130 0.13 0.99 $ 43.81 $ 91,130




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Bioengineers and Biomedical Engineers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 1,350 0.40 3.00 $ 59.69 $ 124,160
Minnesota 1,020 0.38 2.80 $ 53.00 $ 110,240
Colorado 900 0.35 2.60 $ 47.26 $ 98,300
Indiana 960 0.33 2.46 $ 45.30 $ 94,230
Maryland 800 0.32 2.36 $ 50.83 $ 105,730




Top paying states for Bioengineers and Biomedical Engineers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 1,350 0.40 3.00 $ 59.69 $ 124,160
Minnesota 1,020 0.38 2.80 $ 53.00 $ 110,240
New Jersey 510 0.14 1.01 $ 51.53 $ 107,180
California 2,330 0.14 1.06 $ 51.30 $ 106,700
Maryland 800 0.32 2.36 $ 50.83 $ 105,730





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Bioengineers and Biomedical Engineers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,240 0.48 3.57 $ 59.99 $ 124,770
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,000 0.54 4.02 $ 52.87 $ 109,970
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 740 0.25 1.84 $ 54.98 $ 114,360
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 730 0.08 0.61 $ 50.61 $ 105,270
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 610 0.26 1.95 $ 59.09 $ 122,900
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 570 0.13 0.97 $ 44.78 $ 93,150
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 570 0.10 0.73 $ 45.11 $ 93,840
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 550 0.28 2.10 $ 46.04 $ 95,760
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 510 0.36 2.69 $ 43.82 $ 91,150
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 500 0.34 2.54 $ 43.44 $ 90,350




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Bioengineers and Biomedical Engineers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Boulder, CO 300 1.68 12.53 $ 53.34 $ 110,940
College Station-Bryan, TX 140 1.27 9.49 $ 19.68 $ 40,920
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 280 0.90 6.70 $ 50.52 $ 105,090
Charlottesville, VA 80 0.74 5.49 $ 43.29 $ 90,030
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,000 0.54 4.02 $ 52.87 $ 109,970
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,240 0.48 3.57 $ 59.99 $ 124,770
Salt Lake City, UT 340 0.47 3.51 $ 37.35 $ 77,690
Florence, SC 30 0.40 2.99 (8) (8)
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 510 0.36 2.69 $ 43.82 $ 91,150
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 500 0.34 2.54 $ 43.44 $ 90,350




Top paying metropolitan areas for Bioengineers and Biomedical Engineers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Worcester, MA-CT (8) (8) (8) $ 62.61 $ 130,220
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,240 0.48 3.57 $ 59.99 $ 124,770
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 610 0.26 1.95 $ 59.09 $ 122,900
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 330 0.30 2.21 $ 57.62 $ 119,850
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 70 0.16 1.17 $ 55.09 $ 114,590
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 740 0.25 1.84 $ 54.98 $ 114,360
Boulder, CO 300 1.68 12.53 $ 53.34 $ 110,940
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 70 0.23 1.72 $ 53.14 $ 110,530
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,000 0.54 4.02 $ 52.87 $ 109,970
Waterbury, CT (8) (8) (8) $ 51.92 $ 108,000

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Bioengineers and Biomedical Engineers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 70 0.32 2.41 $ 58.75 $ 122,200

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Bioengineers and Biomedical Engineers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 70 0.32 2.41 $ 58.75 $ 122,200

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Bioengineers and Biomedical Engineers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 70 0.32 2.41 $ 58.75 $ 122,200
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 39.80 $ 82,770


About May 2020 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 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021