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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

17-2031 Bioengineers and 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 health 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)
19,780 4.9 % $46.68 $97,090 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $26.58 $34.13 $43.95 $56.74 $71.26
Annual Wage (2) $55,280 $70,990 $91,410 $118,020 $148,210


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 3,590 1.13 $45.73 $95,130
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 3,270 1.10 $49.51 $102,990
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,820 0.40 $48.83 $101,570
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 1,800 0.44 $53.06 $110,370
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,360 0.04 $37.73 $78,480

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 3,590 1.13 $45.73 $95,130
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 3,270 1.10 $49.51 $102,990
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 1,800 0.44 $53.06 $110,370
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,820 0.40 $48.83 $101,570
Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance 380 0.37 $39.31 $81,760

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 50 0.01 $59.45 $123,650
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 200 0.01 $55.42 $115,280
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 1,800 0.44 $53.06 $110,370
Management of Companies and Enterprises 810 0.03 $49.63 $103,240
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 3,270 1.10 $49.51 $102,990


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 2,540 0.15 1.09 $50.94 $105,960
Illinois 1,550 0.26 1.91 $49.69 $103,350
Massachusetts 1,390 0.38 2.85 $55.98 $116,440
Minnesota 1,310 0.45 3.37 $56.18 $116,850
Florida 1,220 0.14 1.03 $41.14 $85,570




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)
Minnesota 1,310 0.45 3.37 $56.18 $116,850
Massachusetts 1,390 0.38 2.85 $55.98 $116,440
Colorado 800 0.30 2.22 $45.81 $95,280
Indiana 860 0.28 2.09 $45.10 $93,820
Maryland 740 0.27 2.02 $49.47 $102,890




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Minnesota 1,310 0.45 3.37 $56.18 $116,850
Massachusetts 1,390 0.38 2.85 $55.98 $116,440
New Jersey 450 0.11 0.81 $54.38 $113,120
Rhode Island 50 0.11 0.79 $53.96 $112,240
California 2,540 0.15 1.09 $50.94 $105,960





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)
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,500 0.32 2.38 $50.31 $104,650
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,310 0.47 3.49 $56.63 $117,790
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,290 0.66 4.87 $56.06 $116,600
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 670 0.21 1.57 $52.93 $110,090
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 560 0.06 0.43 $54.01 $112,340
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 550 0.27 2.01 $45.66 $94,980
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 540 0.36 2.71 $43.02 $89,480
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 530 0.22 1.60 $57.21 $119,000
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 510 0.08 0.60 $49.91 $103,820
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 420 0.28 2.07 $42.08 $87,530




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)
Boulder, CO 260 1.41 10.46 $51.73 $107,610
College Station-Bryan, TX 120 1.11 8.23 $16.16 $33,610
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 250 0.81 5.99 $42.87 $89,160
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 100 0.67 4.97 $56.37 $117,260
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,290 0.66 4.87 $56.06 $116,600
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 70 0.56 4.12 $43.73 $90,950
Charlottesville, VA 60 0.52 3.83 $43.95 $91,410
Ann Arbor, MI 110 0.50 3.69 $39.64 $82,450
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,310 0.47 3.49 $56.63 $117,790
Salt Lake City, UT 330 0.44 3.29 $35.71 $74,270




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)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 360 0.32 2.34 $58.70 $122,100
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 530 0.22 1.60 $57.21 $119,000
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,310 0.47 3.49 $56.63 $117,790
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 100 0.67 4.97 $56.37 $117,260
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,290 0.66 4.87 $56.06 $116,600
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 560 0.06 0.43 $54.01 $112,340
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 50 0.09 0.66 $53.96 $112,240
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 670 0.21 1.57 $52.93 $110,090
Boulder, CO 260 1.41 10.46 $51.73 $107,610
Austin-Round Rock, TX (8) (8) (8) $51.38 $106,880

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)
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 40 0.28 2.09 $35.01 $72,820

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)
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 40 0.28 2.09 $35.01 $72,820

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)
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 40 0.28 2.09 $35.01 $72,820


About May 2019 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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2020