Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
20,100 4.3 % $44.70 $92,970 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $25.04 $32.47 $42.33 $54.32 $68.56
Annual Wage (2) $52,070 $67,540 $88,040 $112,990 $142,610


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 4,380 1.43 $45.67 $94,990
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,280 0.51 $49.32 $102,590
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 2,610 0.91 $47.41 $98,610
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 2,100 0.53 $48.02 $99,890
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,650 0.05 $34.25 $71,230

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 4,380 1.43 $45.67 $94,990
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 2,610 0.91 $47.41 $98,610
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 2,100 0.53 $48.02 $99,890
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,280 0.51 $49.32 $102,590
Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance 320 0.31 $42.68 $88,780

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 (8) (8) $53.25 $110,750
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 170 0.01 $51.93 $108,010
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,280 0.51 $49.32 $102,590
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 2,100 0.53 $48.02 $99,890
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 150 0.01 $47.43 $98,650


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 4,280 0.26 1.82 $49.87 $103,730
Massachusetts 2,520 0.72 5.07 $45.36 $94,360
Illinois 1,330 0.23 1.60 $47.60 $99,000
Minnesota 1,300 0.46 3.24 $52.06 $108,290
Texas 1,030 0.09 0.62 $45.67 $94,990




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 2,520 0.72 5.07 $45.36 $94,360
Minnesota 1,300 0.46 3.24 $52.06 $108,290
Utah 550 0.39 2.74 $38.21 $79,470
Maryland 710 0.27 1.89 $46.79 $97,320
California 4,280 0.26 1.82 $49.87 $103,730




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 270 0.07 0.48 $53.69 $111,680
Arizona 290 0.11 0.77 $52.28 $108,740
Minnesota 1,300 0.46 3.24 $52.06 $108,290
California 4,280 0.26 1.82 $49.87 $103,730
Connecticut 180 0.11 0.77 $48.66 $101,200



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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 1,840 1.00 7.08 $43.58 $90,650
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,240 0.64 4.53 $51.65 $107,440
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 970 2.38 16.89 $50.32 $104,660
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 820 0.57 4.06 $48.40 $100,660
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 590 0.36 2.57 $43.39 $90,250
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 550 0.12 0.87 $48.56 $101,010
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 540 0.50 3.52 $66.56 $138,440
Salt Lake City, UT 470 0.68 4.80 $38.79 $80,680
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 400 0.36 2.55 $43.66 $90,820
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 390 0.67 4.72 $46.87 $97,490


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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 210 3.45 24.50 $54.82 $114,030
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 970 2.38 16.89 $50.32 $104,660
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 300 1.01 7.15 $36.41 $75,720
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 1,840 1.00 7.08 $43.58 $90,650
Gainesville, FL 130 0.99 7.05 $31.86 $66,280
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 120 0.87 6.19 $48.99 $101,900
Peabody-Salem-Beverly, MA NECTA Division 70 0.70 4.96 $52.56 $109,320
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 210 0.69 4.88 $47.51 $98,810
Salt Lake City, UT 470 0.68 4.80 $38.79 $80,680
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 390 0.67 4.72 $46.87 $97,490


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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 540 0.50 3.52 $66.56 $138,440
Tucson, AZ 60 0.17 1.21 $59.74 $124,260
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA (8) (8) (8) $58.09 $120,820
Santa Rosa, CA 90 0.46 3.24 $55.33 $115,100
Taunton-Middleborough-Norton, MA NECTA Division 210 3.45 24.50 $54.82 $114,030
Boulder, CO 100 0.55 3.91 $53.68 $111,650
Rochester, NY 220 0.42 3.01 $52.60 $109,400
Peabody-Salem-Beverly, MA NECTA Division 70 0.70 4.96 $52.56 $109,320
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 250 0.04 0.26 $52.52 $109,240
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 350 0.31 2.21 $51.77 $107,690


About May 2017 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 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018