Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2004

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
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
10,050 5.7 % $35.65 $74,150 1.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $20.91 $26.02 $33.90 $43.26 $54.36
Annual Wage (2) $43,490 $54,120 $70,520 $89,980 $113,070

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Scientific research and development services 2,100 $40.89 $85,040
Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing 1,960 $37.12 $77,210
Medical equipment and supplies manufacturing 1,610 $35.53 $73,900
General medical and surgical hospitals 1,350 $25.96 $54,010
Electronic instrument manufacturing 850 $35.27 $73,360

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Semiconductor and electronic component mfg. (7) $43.70 $90,900
Scientific research and development services 2,100 $40.89 $85,040
Architectural and engineering services 360 $38.65 $80,400
Federal government (OES designation) 300 $37.73 $78,470
Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing 1,960 $37.12 $77,210

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Massachusetts 1,160 $40.13 $83,460 0.037%
Minnesota 510 $34.87 $72,530 0.019%
Utah 160 $33.17 $68,990 0.015%
Maryland 380 $38.74 $80,570 0.015%
California 2,260 $40.52 $84,290 0.015%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
California 2,260 $40.52 $84,290 0.015%
Massachusetts 1,160 $40.13 $83,460 0.037%
Maryland 380 $38.74 $80,570 0.015%
Virginia 60 $37.41 $77,810 0.002%
Connecticut 200 $37.06 $77,080 0.012%

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Boston, MA-NH PMSA 1,040 $40.83 $84,930 0.055%
Oakland, CA PMSA 370 $33.30 $69,260 0.037%
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN-WI MSA 480 $34.84 $72,470 0.028%
Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC MSA 160 $39.46 $82,070 0.023%
Salt Lake City-Ogden, UT MSA 140 $33.80 $70,300 0.020%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Jose, CA PMSA (7) $55.47 $115,380 (7)
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Lompoc, CA MSA (7) $51.63 $107,380 (7)
Portland-Vancouver, OR-WA PMSA 40 $47.59 $98,990 0.004%
Baltimore, MD PMSA (7) $41.84 $87,020 (7)
San Diego, CA MSA (7) $41.62 $86,570 (7)

About November 2004 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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 mean 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) Estimate not released.

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Last Modified Date: November 9, 2005

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