Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
15,280 5.3 % $40.76 $84,780 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $23.89 $29.84 $39.20 $49.79 $61.06
Annual Wage (2) $49,690 $62,070 $81,540 $103,570 $126,990


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 3,700 1.22 $40.26 $83,740
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,900 0.47 $45.16 $93,930
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 2,290 0.81 $39.81 $82,810
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,340 0.05 $32.72 $68,060
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,050 0.02 $33.80 $70,310

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 3,700 1.22 $40.26 $83,740
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 2,290 0.81 $39.81 $82,810
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,900 0.47 $45.16 $93,930
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 1,030 0.26 $42.75 $88,910
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 660 0.11 $43.50 $90,480

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 150 0.04 $53.60 $111,480
Offices of Physicians 90 (7) $53.27 $110,800
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,900 0.47 $45.16 $93,930
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 140 0.01 $44.64 $92,850
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 310 0.02 $43.99 $91,500


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 3,820 0.27 2.27 $45.89 $95,450
Massachusetts 1,440 0.46 3.85 $45.54 $94,720
Pennsylvania 960 0.18 1.46 $39.71 $82,590
Illinois 890 0.16 1.33 $39.05 $81,230
Minnesota 850 0.33 2.76 $45.61 $94,870




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 1,440 0.46 3.85 $45.54 $94,720
Utah 400 0.35 2.91 $35.32 $73,460
Minnesota 850 0.33 2.76 $45.61 $94,870
Indiana 800 0.29 2.43 $29.51 $61,380
California 3,820 0.27 2.27 $45.89 $95,450




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska (8) (8) (8) $73.16 $152,180
California 3,820 0.27 2.27 $45.89 $95,450
Minnesota 850 0.33 2.76 $45.61 $94,870
Massachusetts 1,440 0.46 3.85 $45.54 $94,720
Arizona 290 0.12 1.02 $44.44 $92,440

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-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,090 0.66 5.48 $46.09 $95,860
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 770 0.62 5.16 $41.49 $86,300
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 720 0.43 3.56 $45.12 $93,850
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 640 0.35 2.93 $40.97 $85,230
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 610 0.44 3.67 $44.04 $91,600
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 560 0.60 4.95 $48.07 $99,980
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 530 0.62 5.17 $55.56 $115,560
Salt Lake City, UT 380 0.64 5.35 $35.30 $73,430
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 330 0.07 0.55 $38.40 $79,870
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 320 0.14 1.16 $38.16 $79,360




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)
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 130 0.75 6.22 (8) (8)
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,090 0.66 5.48 $46.09 $95,860
Salt Lake City, UT 380 0.64 5.35 $35.30 $73,430
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 530 0.62 5.17 $55.56 $115,560
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 770 0.62 5.16 $41.49 $86,300
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 560 0.60 4.95 $48.07 $99,980
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 90 0.56 4.68 $51.89 $107,930
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 260 0.47 3.94 $43.89 $91,290
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 610 0.44 3.67 $44.04 $91,600
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 720 0.43 3.56 $45.12 $93,850




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 530 0.62 5.17 $55.56 $115,560
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 90 0.56 4.68 $51.89 $107,930
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 210 0.22 1.80 $49.73 $103,430
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 560 0.60 4.95 $48.07 $99,980
Rochester, NY 110 0.24 1.97 $47.13 $98,030
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 160 0.16 1.36 $47.06 $97,890
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA (8) (8) (8) $46.58 $96,880
Dayton, OH 60 0.17 1.44 $46.36 $96,440
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,090 0.66 5.48 $46.09 $95,860
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 230 0.09 0.77 $45.59 $94,830

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)
Northeast Indiana nonmetropolitan area 120 0.61 5.06 $32.66 $67,930

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)
Northeast Indiana nonmetropolitan area 120 0.61 5.06 $32.66 $67,930

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)
Northeast Indiana nonmetropolitan area 120 0.61 5.06 $32.66 $67,930


About May 2010 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 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) 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 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2010 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011

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