Bioelectrical or bioelectronics engineering is a branch of science that applies the principles of mathematics and engineering to the study and manipulation of the human heart and nervous system, and is a specialty within biomedical engineering. The salary range for a bioelectronics or biomedical engineer varies according to geographic location and industry.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 15,280 individuals had employment in the biomedical engineering field as of May 2010. The average hourly wage for a worker in the field was $40.76, while the median hourly wage was $39.20. The average annual salary in the United States was $84,780, while the median annual salary throughout the nation was $81,540. At the two extremes of the salary range, the lowest 10 percent of workers in the field earned $49,690 or less each year, whereas the top 10 percent earned $126,990 or more.
Salary by Area
The top-paying state for engineers with a biomedical concentration is Alaska, with an average salary of $152,180. After Alaska, the highest-paying states for biomedical engineers are California, $95,450, Minnesota $94,870, Massachusetts $94,720 and Arizona $92,440. The top-paying metropolitan area is the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara area of California, where a biomedical engineer earns an average hourly wage of $55.56 and an average annual salary of $115,560. The top-paying non-metropolitan area is Northeast Indiana, with an average hourly wage of $32.66 and an average annual salary of $67,930.
Salary by Industry
The top-paying industry for all biomedical engineers is in semiconductor and electronic component manufacturing, with an average hourly wage of $53.60 and an average annual salary of $111,480. The second-highest paying job sector for biomedical engineering is in the offices of physicians, which provide an average annual salary of $110,800. Jobs in scientific research and development services provide an annual average salary of $93,930, while average remuneration is $92,850 for the management, scientific, and technical consulting services industry.
Industries With the Most Jobs
Although it would be nice to be employed in the highest-paying sectors, it is more likely that you will find work in the industry that offers the most jobs. For biomedical engineers in all specialties, the medical equipment and supplies manufacturing industry supplies the most jobs and offers an average annual salary of $83,740. Other sectors that offer the most jobs include the scientific research and development industries that average an annual salary of $93,930 and the pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing industries with an average annual salary of $82,810.
2016 Salary Information for Biomedical Engineers
Biomedical engineers earned a median annual salary of $85,620 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, biomedical engineers earned a 25th percentile salary of $65,700, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $107,850, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 21,300 people were employed in the U.S. as biomedical engineers.