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Biomedical Engineer Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for biomedical engineers in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of biomedical engineers amongst California metropolitan areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Biomedical Engineers in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$51,830
25th Percentile Wage
$67,380
50th Percentile Wage
$92,640
75th Percentile Wage
$119,270
90th Percentile Wage
$151,140

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for biomedical engineers in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $151,140. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $92,640. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $51,830.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$24.92
25th Percentile Wage
$32.40
50th Percentile Wage
$44.54
75th Percentile Wage
$57.34
90th Percentile Wage
$72.66

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for biomedical engineers in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $72.66. The median hourly salary is $44.54. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $24.92.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of biomedical engineers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201692,640-5.51%-4.98%
201597,7401.37%-
201496,400-4.28%-
2013100,5303.26%-
201297,250--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Biomedical Engineers in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of biomedical engineers in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of biomedical engineers in state of California ranges from $60,130 to $124,060. The highest paying area for biomedical engineers in California is San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara with a median annual salary of $124,060. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Santa Rosa-Petaluma (mean annual salary $113,020). The lowest paying area is Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville with a median annual salary of $60,130.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$124,060
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$113,020
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$101,760
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$98,870
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$95,620
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$95,520
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$93,720
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$90,580
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$88,480
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$85,800
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$85,300
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$60,130


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