Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
20,590 4.1 % $43.25 $89,970 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $24.54 $31.59 $41.16 $51.85 $64.72
Annual Wage (2) $51,050 $65,700 $85,620 $107,850 $134,620


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 4,670 1.52 $44.18 $91,890
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,650 0.54 $48.47 $100,830
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 2,230 0.57 $45.66 $94,970
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 1,970 0.69 $42.61 $88,620
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,740 0.03 $36.80 $76,540

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 4,670 1.52 $44.18 $91,890
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 1,970 0.69 $42.61 $88,620
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 2,230 0.57 $45.66 $94,970
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,650 0.54 $48.47 $100,830
Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance 320 0.31 $44.55 $92,660

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 190 0.01 $52.59 $109,380
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing (8) (8) $52.18 $108,530
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,650 0.54 $48.47 $100,830
Offices of Physicians 160 0.01 $48.38 $100,630
Employment Services 100 (7) $47.98 $99,810


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 4,760 0.30 2.03 $47.11 $97,990
Massachusetts 2,880 0.83 5.68 $43.95 $91,410
Minnesota 1,160 0.41 2.81 $48.90 $101,710
Texas 1,090 0.09 0.63 $43.54 $90,570
Pennsylvania 1,010 0.18 1.20 $37.45 $77,890




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 2,880 0.83 5.68 $43.95 $91,410
Utah 580 0.42 2.88 $37.77 $78,550
Minnesota 1,160 0.41 2.81 $48.90 $101,710
California 4,760 0.30 2.03 $47.11 $97,990
Arizona 750 0.28 1.92 $45.62 $94,890




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Minnesota 1,160 0.41 2.81 $48.90 $101,710
Colorado 510 0.20 1.39 $48.80 $101,490
New Mexico 100 0.12 0.83 $48.54 $100,950
New York 780 0.09 0.58 $47.83 $99,490
California 4,760 0.30 2.03 $47.11 $97,990





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)
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 2,070 1.15 7.82 $42.52 $88,440
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,080 0.56 3.84 $48.26 $100,380
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 950 0.69 4.67 $43.81 $91,130
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 710 0.17 1.14 $46.36 $96,430
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 590 0.56 3.82 $63.93 $132,960
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 560 0.36 2.42 $40.67 $84,590
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 550 0.08 0.57 $49.87 $103,730
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 540 0.51 3.47 $44.28 $92,090
Salt Lake City, UT 510 0.75 5.11 $38.29 $79,640
Austin-Round Rock, TX 430 0.44 3.02 $42.06 $87,480




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)
Taunton-Middleborough-Norton, MA NECTA Division 110 1.82 12.41 (8) (8)
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 170 1.34 9.15 $45.35 $94,330
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 2,070 1.15 7.82 $42.52 $88,440
Peabody-Salem-Beverly, MA NECTA Division 100 1.01 6.91 $46.74 $97,210
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 270 0.93 6.32 $37.45 $77,900
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 130 0.83 5.69 $47.25 $98,290
Salt Lake City, UT 510 0.75 5.11 $38.29 $79,640
Santa Rosa, CA 130 0.69 4.71 $54.63 $113,640
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 950 0.69 4.67 $43.81 $91,130
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 390 0.67 4.55 $45.95 $95,580




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 590 0.56 3.82 $63.93 $132,960
Tucson, AZ 60 0.18 1.23 $57.41 $119,410
Santa Rosa, CA 130 0.69 4.71 $54.63 $113,640
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA (8) (8) (8) $53.59 $111,480
Rochester, NY 270 0.52 3.55 $51.53 $107,170
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 550 0.08 0.57 $49.87 $103,730
Framingham, MA NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $49.68 $103,330
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 350 0.32 2.19 $49.06 $102,050
Albuquerque, NM (8) (8) (8) $48.56 $101,000
Jacksonville, FL 60 0.09 0.62 $48.47 $100,820

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 0.47 3.20 (8) (8)

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 0.47 3.20 (8) (8)


About May 2016 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017