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Biomedical Engineer Salary Information

The salary statistics of biomedical engineers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of biomedical engineers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The biomedical engineers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Biomedical Engineer Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$52,070
25th Percentile Wage
$67,540
50th Percentile Wage
$88,040
75th Percentile Wage
$112,990
90th Percentile Wage
$142,610

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for biomedical engineers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) biomedical engineers is $142,610. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $88,040. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $52,070. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 173% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

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
$88,040
2.75% 1.23%
2016
$85,620
-0.70% -
2015
$86,220
-0.85% -
2014
$86,950
-1.98% -
2013
$88,670
1.93% -
2012
$86,960
- -

Table 2. Biomedical Engineer Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of biomedical engineers in 9 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for biomedical engineers occupations is the federal, state, and local government sector with an annual salary $94,720. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $61,930).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$94,720
Manufacturing
$93,210
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$92,480
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$91,090
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$90,670
Wholesale Trade
$89,670
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$87,140
Health Care and Social Assistance
$74,210
Educational Services
$61,930

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Biomedical Engineers by States

From the above tables we note that not only biomedical engineers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of biomedical engineers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $56,200 to $108,000. The highest paying state for biomedical engineers is Minnesota with a median annual salary of $108,000. The lowest paying state is South Carolina with a median annual salary of $56,200. For more salary information of biomedical engineers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Minnesota
$108,000
Arizona
$103,300
New Jersey
$99,310
Illinois
$99,280
Connecticut
$99,200
New Mexico
$98,530
California
$98,420
Maryland
$96,440
Colorado
$94,380
Massachusetts
$92,590
Texas
$91,190
Alabama
$89,010
Washington
$88,570
Pennsylvania
$84,420
New York
$83,850
New Hampshire
$83,440
Oregon
$82,390
Indiana
$80,540
West Virginia
$79,670
Vermont
$79,370
Virginia
$79,260
Maine
$78,750
Louisiana
$75,520
Utah
$74,480
Missouri
$74,280
Ohio
$73,220
Michigan
$72,420
District of Columbia
$71,720
Kansas
$70,910
Rhode Island
$70,580
North Carolina
$70,280
Tennessee
$70,130
Wisconsin
$69,660
Georgia
$68,420
Florida
$67,850
Oklahoma
$67,410
Iowa
$64,010
Kentucky
$62,640
Arkansas
$60,190
Nebraska
$58,330
Idaho
$56,510
South Carolina
$56,200



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