Biomechanics is the scientific study of body movement. This career falls under the umbrella of kinesiology and does not usually carry its own job classification. For example, ergonomists or orthopedists may have degrees in biomechanics but are not specifically referred to as biomechanists. The salary options for an individual with a biomechanics degree vary. Most careers require graduate or doctoral education.
Ergonomists observe environments at workplaces and elsewhere for dangers such as repetitive motions. As an ergonomist, you make suggestions to improve the health and safety of others. The Indeed job site reports that the average annual salary for an ergonomist in the United States is $72,000 as of 2014. These salaries vary by location. For example, the average salary for an ergonomist in New York is $87,000 a year, according to Indeed, while those in Florida, Kansas and California average $67,000, $66,000 and $78,000, respectively.
Advancing To Physician
An avenue of advancement in biomechanics is a medical degree in sports or orthopedic medicine. As a sports medicine physician, you diagnose and treat musculoskeletal injuries. You also examine athletes and determine their risk of injury. The average salary for a sports medicine physician is $88,000 a year as of 2014, according to Indeed. The salary in California averages $95,000. In Kansas, the average is $81,000 a year, in Florida it is $83,000 and in New York the average salary is $107,000.