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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 among California 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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$55,560
25th Percentile Wage
$73,990
50th Percentile Wage
$98,420
75th Percentile Wage
$126,640
90th Percentile Wage
$157,700

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 $157,700. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $98,420. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $55,560.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of biomedical engineers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$98,420
5.87% 1.19%
2016
$92,640
-5.51% -
2015
$97,740
1.37% -
2014
$96,400
-4.28% -
2013
$100,530
3.26% -
2012
$97,250
- -

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 $73,920 to $137,010. The highest paying area for biomedical engineers in California is San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara with a median annual salary of $137,010. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Santa Rosa-Petaluma (mean annual salary $115,820). The lowest paying area is Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville with a median annual salary of $73,920.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$137,010
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$115,820
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$106,970
Vallejo-Fairfield
$102,850
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$101,760
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$99,250
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$98,120
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$95,620
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$92,860
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$92,490
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$91,410
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$86,930
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$73,920




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