Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
20,080 4.3 % $44.12 $91,760 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $25.33 $32.17 $41.81 $53.24 $67.00
Annual Wage (2) $52,680 $66,900 $86,950 $110,730 $139,350


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 5,180 1.69 $46.45 $96,610
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,480 0.55 $49.54 $103,030
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 2,550 0.93 $39.68 $82,530
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 1,760 0.45 $45.42 $94,480
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,570 0.03 $35.90 $74,670

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 5,180 1.69 $46.45 $96,610
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 2,550 0.93 $39.68 $82,530
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,480 0.55 $49.54 $103,030
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 1,760 0.45 $45.42 $94,480
Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance 280 0.27 $42.21 $87,790

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Employment Services 50 (7) $54.85 $114,080
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 40 0.03 $50.30 $104,630
Offices of Physicians 170 0.01 $50.19 $104,400
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,480 0.55 $49.54 $103,030
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 420 0.05 $46.82 $97,380


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 5,390 0.36 2.40 $49.46 $102,880
Massachusetts 2,090 0.63 4.24 $44.49 $92,530
Indiana 1,070 0.37 2.48 $32.16 $66,890
Pennsylvania 970 0.17 1.15 $38.01 $79,070
Minnesota 950 0.35 2.34 $54.20 $112,740




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 2,090 0.63 4.24 $44.49 $92,530
Utah 530 0.41 2.79 $41.95 $87,260
Indiana 1,070 0.37 2.48 $32.16 $66,890
California 5,390 0.36 2.40 $49.46 $102,880
Minnesota 950 0.35 2.34 $54.20 $112,740




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Minnesota 950 0.35 2.34 $54.20 $112,740
New Jersey 490 0.13 0.85 $50.07 $104,150
California 5,390 0.36 2.40 $49.46 $102,880
New Mexico 130 0.16 1.07 $46.52 $96,770
Texas 810 0.07 0.48 $46.29 $96,290





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 1,410 0.78 5.28 $43.80 $91,090
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,150 0.78 5.23 $56.94 $118,440
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 820 0.84 5.67 $56.55 $117,620
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 810 0.44 2.98 $54.31 $112,960
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 630 0.48 3.23 $38.60 $80,290
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 610 0.57 3.80 $50.43 $104,890
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 590 0.32 2.15 $37.41 $77,800
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 560 0.10 0.70 $48.65 $101,180
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 510 0.13 0.85 $42.98 $89,390
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 450 0.44 2.98 $52.11 $108,390




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)
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 240 1.48 9.94 $49.52 $103,010
Boulder, CO 180 1.10 7.39 (8) (8)
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 120 0.97 6.53 $44.65 $92,860
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 820 0.84 5.67 $56.55 $117,620
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,410 0.78 5.28 $43.80 $91,090
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,150 0.78 5.23 $56.94 $118,440
Salt Lake City, UT 430 0.65 4.36 $43.99 $91,500
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 370 0.65 4.36 $45.30 $94,230
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME 120 0.59 3.98 $43.17 $89,790
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 610 0.57 3.80 $50.43 $104,890




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)
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,150 0.78 5.23 $56.94 $118,440
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 820 0.84 5.67 $56.55 $117,620
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 810 0.44 2.98 $54.31 $112,960
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 450 0.44 2.98 $52.11 $108,390
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $51.25 $106,610
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 610 0.57 3.80 $50.43 $104,890
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 190 0.08 0.55 $50.19 $104,400
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 240 1.48 9.94 $49.52 $103,010
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA (8) (8) (8) $49.31 $102,560
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 90 0.26 1.78 $49.16 $102,260

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 140 0.65 4.34 (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 140 0.65 4.34 (8) (8)


About May 2014 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015