Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
20,890 4.0 % $43.86 $91,230 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $24.75 $31.51 $41.45 $53.00 $67.08
Annual Wage (2) $51,480 $65,540 $86,220 $110,250 $139,520


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 4,780 1.57 $46.57 $96,870
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,930 0.61 $50.24 $104,490
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 2,290 0.57 $42.77 $88,950
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 2,050 0.73 $40.93 $85,130
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,780 0.03 $36.31 $75,530

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 4,780 1.57 $46.57 $96,870
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 2,050 0.73 $40.93 $85,130
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,930 0.61 $50.24 $104,490
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 2,290 0.57 $42.77 $88,950
Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance 280 0.28 $46.02 $95,720

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 430 0.07 $51.39 $106,880
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,930 0.61 $50.24 $104,490
Offices of Physicians 170 0.01 $48.65 $101,190
Employment Services 70 (7) $46.97 $97,700
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 4,780 1.57 $46.57 $96,870


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 5,100 0.33 2.17 $50.30 $104,620
Massachusetts 2,530 0.74 4.91 $44.72 $93,020
Minnesota 1,100 0.40 2.62 $47.45 $98,690
Texas 1,000 0.09 0.57 $41.33 $85,970
Indiana 940 0.32 2.10 $33.65 $69,990



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 2,530 0.74 4.91 $44.72 $93,020
Minnesota 1,100 0.40 2.62 $47.45 $98,690
California 5,100 0.33 2.17 $50.30 $104,620
Utah 420 0.32 2.09 $42.88 $89,190
Indiana 940 0.32 2.10 $33.65 $69,990



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kansas 40 0.03 0.18 $51.91 $107,970
California 5,100 0.33 2.17 $50.30 $104,620
New Mexico 130 0.16 1.09 $49.09 $102,110
Minnesota 1,100 0.40 2.62 $47.45 $98,690
Colorado 510 0.21 1.38 $47.22 $98,230




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 1,750 1.00 6.57 $43.92 $91,350
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,020 0.54 3.57 $46.71 $97,170
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 910 0.67 4.44 $43.42 $90,300
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 790 0.52 3.44 $60.14 $125,090
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 760 0.75 4.98 $60.78 $126,430
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 730 0.11 0.74 $52.16 $108,490
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 570 0.14 0.92 $41.83 $87,000
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 560 0.55 3.65 $50.59 $105,230
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 560 0.53 3.49 $51.73 $107,590
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 400 0.69 4.58 $44.56 $92,680



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 100 1.76 11.64 $53.28 $110,830
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 230 1.33 8.80 $49.14 $102,210
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 1,750 1.00 6.57 $43.92 $91,350
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 290 0.99 6.55 $36.41 $75,720
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 130 0.88 5.80 $45.77 $95,200
Peabody-Salem-Beverly, MA NECTA Division 80 0.82 5.41 $46.72 $97,180
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 760 0.75 4.98 $60.78 $126,430
Santa Rosa, CA 140 0.73 4.82 $54.61 $113,600
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 400 0.69 4.58 $44.56 $92,680
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 910 0.67 4.44 $43.42 $90,300



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 760 0.75 4.98 $60.78 $126,430
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 790 0.52 3.44 $60.14 $125,090
Santa Rosa, CA 140 0.73 4.82 $54.61 $113,600
Taunton-Middleborough-Norton, MA NECTA Division 100 1.76 11.64 $53.28 $110,830
Tucson, AZ 80 0.22 1.47 $52.82 $109,880
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 730 0.11 0.74 $52.16 $108,490
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 560 0.53 3.49 $51.73 $107,590
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $50.68 $105,420
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 560 0.55 3.65 $50.59 $105,230
Albuquerque, NM 120 0.32 2.12 $49.17 $102,270

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 130 0.58 3.86 (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 130 0.58 3.86 (8) (8)


About May 2015 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016