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Overview
Biomedical engineers combine engineering principles with medical sciences to design and create equipment, devices, computer systems, and software used in healthcare.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for biomedical engineers are expected to grow by 7%, and should have about 1,600 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
Biomedical engineers are less likely to be automated than 81% of other careers.
Workforce size
Biomedical engineers, with 21,300 workers, form a smaller workforce than 70% of careers.
Education
About 81% of biomedical and agricultural engineers have at least a bachelor's degree.
Education attained by biomedical and agricultural engineers
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
More biomedical and agricultural engineers have bachelor's degrees than 87% of other careeers.
Salaries
The median (middle) salary for biomedical engineers is higher than 88% of all other jobs' middle salaries. The graph shows inflation-adjusted salaries for most biomedical engineers.
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Context: Median Salary
Gender
Women account for 15% of biomedical and agricultural engineers -- that's a smaller percentage than 70% of other jobs.
Gender of biomedical and agricultural engineers
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For biomedical and agricultural engineers, the median men's salary was 6% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 25% of biomedical and agricultural engineers are minority, and 22% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of biomedical and agricultural engineers
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (22%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Biomedical Engineers per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. The darker the blue, the higher the job density.
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Job benefits
Employer or union-sponsored pension plans are offered to 59% of biomedical and agricultural engineers, and 73% have company-sponsored health insurance (6% have dependents enrolled in their employer's health plan).
Employer-provided health coverage for biomedical and agricultural engineers
100% premiums covered
Partial premiums covered
Plan with no cost sharing
No health insurance
Top college degrees
Here are the top college degrees held by the 78% of people in this job who have at least a bachelor's degree. Some of degrees may link to multiple programs due to the way Census classifies college majors. Click on a program to learn more about career opportunities for people who major in that field.
The downside
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of biomedical engineers who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Time Pressure (50%)
  • Consequence of Error (41%)
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety (36%)
SOURCES:24.0 O*NET
Salary and diversity
Salary overview
What do biomedical and agricultural engineers earn?

In this section, we want to give you a clear idea of what you can expect to earn in this career. We use two sources of data here: the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which asks employers to classify their workforce and to report salaries using the SOC-specialty level of reporting, and the American Community Survey (ACS), which asks people to classify their jobs using the broad classifications that ididio uses for career profiles, and to self-report their salaries. For some jobs, the differences in survey approaches between BLS and ACS can paint a very different end-picture. In particular, the ACS data is reported for the larger career group biomedical and agricultural engineers, which combines the data for 2 careers, including biomedical engineers. Whenever possible, we provide data from both sources.

The BLS-compiled salary data is reported by companies for their employees. This data is classified by SOC specialty, and excludes self-employed workers. We first show the distribution of salaries for biomedical engineers, and then we show how the middle (median) salary for biomedical engineers compares to the BLS-computed median salaries of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for biomedical engineers (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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We compiled household data from the ACS to determine the salaries that people working at least 35 hours a week report themselves to earn. Unlike the BLS estimates, this data includes self-employed wages. Additionally, we only have ACS survey data for the larger career category and not for the specialty level. We first show the full salary distribution for all biomedical and agricultural engineers, and then we show how the median (middle) salary for biomedical and agricultural engineers compares to the median ACS-reported salary of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for biomedical and agricultural engineers (ACS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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Employers and salary
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, and following we show the salary distributions for these workers based on those employer types. For some careers, the salaries can be vastly different between private, government, and self-employment. As with our salary overview, we view the both the BLS economists' salary profiles and the household-reported salaries from ACS to get a thorough understanding of where biomedical engineers work and for what salary. We have the great faith in the accuracy of economist-vetted BLS data; however, the BLS restrictions on which employers are surveyed skews the data a bit (read more in the sources), and the ACS responses provide different and useful categorizations of employers and salaries.
Employers of Biomedical and agricultural engineers (ACS)
Private for-profit (77.9%)
Private not-for-profit (9.6%)
Local government (0.6%)
State government (4.3%)
Federal government (5.6%)
Self-employed incorporated (1.8%)
Self-employed not incorporated (0.3%)
Working without pay (0.0%)
Distribution: Salaries of biomedical and agricultural engineers by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses. These salaries were reported for the larger career group of biomedical and agricultural engineers, which combines the 2 specialties for this career.
$80K$83K$80K$71K$0$50,000$100,000$150,000Federal governmentPrivate not-for-profitPrivate for-profitAll
Distribution: Salaries of biomedical engineers by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS. Remember that the BLS salaries are for the specialty biomedical engineers, and may differ signficantly from the ACS salary estimates which combine several career specialties.
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Age and career advancement
Salary growth for biomedical and agricultural engineers

The biggest take-away from the following two charts is the relationship between salary and experience that we can infer from age. Does this job seem to attract especially younger or older workers? Does it reward experience?

Take a minute a look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working in this career changes. We only provide this data when there are enough consistent ACS survey responses to allow a reasonable margin of error, so for some careers you will see gaps in our reporting of salary by age.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Gender and Equity
Biomedical and agricultural engineers and gender

With 15% women, this occupation has a lower percentage of women than 70% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
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Gender of Biomedical and agricultural engineers
Men (85%)
Women (15%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

As we'll illustrate at the bottom of this section, the median salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 20%. The situation is a little better for biomedical and agricultural engineers, with the median salary for men 6% higher than the median salary for women. This chart shows you the salary range for most workers by gender.

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Context: Salary Inequity

Nationwide there are twenty careers for which men do not have a higher median (middle) salary than women. The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary, for most jobs. Biomedical and agricultural engineers have one of the smaller percentage increases for men's salary, with the increase the men's median salary over the women's median salary in this job lower than that for 83% of other jobs.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Race/Origin
Race and origin of biomedical and agricultural engineers

The representation of minority and foreign-born workers is quite different between careers, and the relative pay of those workers also varies significantly between careers. There is a higher percentage of minority biomedical and agricultural engineers than for 74% of other careers. This career hires a larger percentage of foreign-born workers than most other careers.

Race/origin of biomedical and agricultural engineers
White (74% )
Asian (16% )
Black (5% )
Multiracial (2% )
Other (2% )
Hispanic (1% )
Pacific Islander (1% )
American Indian (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
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Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
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Distribution: Salaries for biomedical and agricultural engineers by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

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Distribution: Salaries for biomedical and agricultural engineers by nativity
$78K$89K$0$50K$100K$150KAll native citizensAll foreign-born

Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Pathways to this career
Education requirements and salary
Education attained by biomedical engineers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), biomedical engineers typically hold a bachelor's degree.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as biomedical and agricultural engineers as reported in responses to the American Community Survey. Following, we investigate whether education level influences salary for biomedical and agricultural engineers.

Education attained by biomedical and agricultural engineers
None
High School
Some College
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Deg/Doct
Doctorate
Details: Education and training recommended for biomedical engineers

Biomedical engineering and traditional engineering programs, such as mechanical and electrical, are typically good preparation for entering biomedical engineering jobs. Students who pursue traditional engineering programs at the bachelor’s level may benefit from taking biological science courses.

Students interested in becoming biomedical engineers should take high school science courses, such as chemistry, physics, and biology. They should also take math courses, including algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus. Courses in drafting or mechanical drawing and in computer programming are also useful.

Bachelor’s degree programs in biomedical engineering and bioengineering focus on engineering and biological sciences. Programs include laboratory- and classroom-based courses, in subjects such as fluid and solid mechanics, computer programming, circuit design, and biomaterials. Other required courses may include biological sciences, such as physiology.

Accredited programs also include substantial training in engineering design. Many programs include co-ops or internships, often with hospitals and medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturing companies, to provide students with practical applications as part of their study. Biomedical engineering and bioengineering programs are accredited by ABET.

Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for biomedical and agricultural engineers? Below we see the distribution of biomedical and agricultural engineers salaries based on the education attained. These comparisons are based on all survey responses by those who identified themselves as biomedical and agricultural engineers, and are not intended as a statistical analysis of salary differences that would correct for non-educational factors that could contribute to high or low earnings.

$54K$69K$78K$88K$112K$0$50K$100K$150K$200KSome College (5%)Associate's Degree (13%)Bachelor's Degree (47%)Master's Degree (26%)Doctorate (6%)
Bachelor's degree pathways
College majors held by biomedical and agricultural engineers

This table shows the college majors held by people working as biomedical and agricultural engineers. Select any degree to see detailed information. We are able to connect careers to degrees using the American Community Survey (ACS), and their degrees are defined a little differently from our programs, which are based on standard CIP classifications. Therefore, selecting some degrees will lead to a selection of CIP-level programs from which to choose.

If you see "**" before the name of a degree/program, that means this field is one that the Department of Education believes is preparatory for this career. However, you can see from this list that those recommendations are far from your only path to this job!

Degree
Select any title to learn more about that degree
Percentage of Biomedical and agricultural engineers with this degree
Salary for all majors
Salary distribution (across jobs). Showing 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
Final education level of all people with this major
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Gender of people this bachelor's degree
Men
Women
The link between degrees and careers
The link between degrees and careers

With the following "sankey" diagram, you can follow the top ten bachelor's degrees held by people working as biomedical and agricultural engineers, and then, in turn, you can see the 10 occupations that hire the most of each degree's graduates. This visualization links fields of studies and careers, suggesting both similar careers and options for degrees. The full list of bachelor's degrees held by biomedical and agricultural engineers given in the previous section reminds us that there are many paths to these careers beyond what we can summarize here.

This job
Top 10 majors
Each major's top ten jobs
Mechanical engineersEngineers (specialized areas)Managers (specialized areas)Applications and systems software developersArchitectural and engineering managersIndustrial engineersCivil engineersAerospace engineersChief executives and legislatorsPostsecondary teachersElectrical and electronics engineersComputer and information systems managersComputer programmersManagement analystsPhysicians and surgeonsBiomedical and agricultural engineersPhysical scientists (specialized areas)Epidemiologists and Medical/Life ScientistsLawyers, judges, and magistratesElementary and middle school teachersDentistsRegistered nursesClinical laboratory technologists and techniciansPharmacistsAgricultural ManagersWholesale and manufacturing sales representativesGeneral and operations managersIndustrial production managersChemical engineersAccountants and auditorsFirst-line supervisors of retail sales workersFinancial managersSecretaries and administrative assistantsHuman resources workersFirst-line supervisors of non-retail sales workersMarketing and sales managersMechanical EngineeringElectrical EngineeringGeneral EngineeringBiomedical EngineeringBiologyBiological EngineeringIndustrial andManufacturing EngineeringPhysicsChemical EngineeringBusiness Management andAdministrationAll other degrees
Switching Careers
Most common new jobs
The most common next careers for biomedical and agricultural engineers

What jobs will most biomedical and agricultural engineers hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of biomedical and agricultural engineers reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

Biomedical and agricultural engineersEngineers (specialized areas)Industrial engineersArchitectural and engineering managersScience techniciansStationary engineers and boiler operatorsManagers (specialized areas)Biological techniciansApplications and systems software developersMechanical engineersMedical and health services managersPrecision instrument and equipment repairersMaintenance and repair workersManagement analystsElectriciansChemical engineers
Lateral career moves
Lateral job transitions for biomedical and agricultural engineers

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 6 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as biomedical and agricultural engineers as well as 1% of respondents after working as biomedical and agricultural engineers. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Lateral-move careers for biomedical and agricultural engineers
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Maintenance and repair workers
155,500
$0$200K$42K
Managers (specialized areas)
84,000
$0$200K$72K
Industrial engineers
21,600
$0$200K$77K
Mechanical engineers
21,200
$0$200K$83K
Biological technicians
8,900
$0$200K$47K
Chemical engineers
2,400
$0$200K$96K
Full prior and next career listings
Prior and next careers for biomedical and agricultural engineers: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as biomedical and agricultural engineers? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of biomedical and agricultural engineers surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Choose which type of transition to view
Prior jobs
Next jobs
Prior careers for biomedical and agricultural engineers
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Percentage Transitioning
What percentage worked in this job the previous year?
Registered nurses
203,800
$0$200K$63K
3.9%
Maintenance and repair workers
155,500
$0$200K$42K
1.7%
Managers (specialized areas)
84,000
$0$200K$72K
2.4%
Marketing and sales managers
57,800
$0$200K$74K
3.1%
Engineering technicians
40,100
$0$200K$54K
4.4%
Industrial and refractory machinery mechanics
33,200
$0$200K$50K
4.0%
Civil engineers
25,900
$0$200K$81K
4.6%
Radio and telecommunications equipment installers and repairers
23,700
$0$200K$52K
7.0%
Industrial engineers
21,600
$0$200K$77K
7.7%
Mechanical engineers
21,200
$0$200K$83K
5.0%
Biological technicians
8,900
$0$200K$47K
5.3%
Chemical engineers
2,400
$0$200K$96K
4.0%
Biomedical and agricultural engineers
1,800
$0$200K$80K
39.8%
No occupation
6.0%
Read about biomedical engineers
Responsibilities and activities
Responsibilities and activities

Biomedical engineers typically do the following:

  • Design biomedical equipment and devices, such as artificial internal organs, replacements for body parts, and machines for diagnosing medical problems
  • Install, adjust, maintain, repair, or provide technical support for biomedical equipment
  • Evaluate the safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of biomedical equipment
  • Train clinicians and other personnel on the proper use of biomedical equipment
  • Research the engineering aspects of the biological systems of humans and animals with life scientists, chemists, and medical scientists
  • Prepare procedures, write technical reports, publish research papers, and make recommendations based on their research findings
  • Present research findings to scientists, nonscientist executives, clinicians, hospital management, engineers, other colleagues, and the public

Biomedical engineers design instruments, devices, and software used in healthcare; develop new procedures using knowledge from many technical sources; or conduct research needed to solve clinical problems. They frequently work in research and development or quality assurance.

Biomedical engineers design electrical circuits, software to run medical equipment, or computer simulations to test new drug therapies. In addition, they design and build artificial body parts, such as hip and knee joints. In some cases, they develop the materials needed to make the replacement body parts. They also design rehabilitative exercise equipment.

The work of these engineers spans many professional fields. For example, although their expertise is based in engineering and biology, they often design computer software to run complicated instruments, such as three-dimensional x-ray machines. Alternatively, many of these engineers use their knowledge of chemistry and biology to develop new drug therapies. Others draw heavily on math and statistics to build models to understand the signals transmitted by the brain or heart. Some may be involved in sales.

The following are examples of specialty areas within the field of biomedical engineering:

Bioinstrumentation uses electronics, computer science, and measurement principles to develop instruments used in the diagnosis and treatment of medical problems.

Biomaterials is the study of naturally occurring or laboratory-designed materials that are used in medical devices or as implantation materials.

Biomechanics involves the study of mechanics, such as thermodynamics, to solve biological or medical problems.

Clinical engineering applies medical technology to optimize healthcare delivery.

Rehabilitation engineering is the study of engineering and computer science to develop devices that assist individuals recovering from or adapting to physical and cognitive impairments.

Systems physiology uses engineering tools to understand how systems within living organisms, from bacteria to humans, function and respond to changes in their environment.

Some people with training in biomedical engineering become postsecondary teachers.

Personality and skills
Personality and skills

Can you see yourself in the ranks of biomedical engineers? Here are the skills and traits that could lead to success.

Analytical skills
Biomedical engineers must analyze the needs of patients and customers to design appropriate solutions.
Communication skills
Because biomedical engineers sometimes work with patients and frequently work on teams, they must express themselves clearly. They must seek others’ ideas and incorporate those ideas into the problem-solving process.
Creativity
Biomedical engineers must be creative to come up with innovative and integrative advances in healthcare equipment and devices.
Math skills
Biomedical engineers use the principles of calculus and other advanced topics in math and statistics, for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.
Problem-solving skills
Biomedical engineers typically deal with and solve problems in complex biological systems.
Trends in employment
Salary trends
Distribution and trends: Salaries for biomedical engineers
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Adjusted for inflation
Historic dollars

In 2018, the median (middle) salary for biomedical engineers was higher than 88% of all other jobs' middle salaries. This graphic shows how the salary distribution (adjusted for inflation) has changed for this job over recent years. The gray line, as a comparison, shows the median salary of all US workers.

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Projected versus actual employment
Exploring actual employment trends versus projected trends

Currently, jobs for biomedical engineers are anticipated to grow by 7% over the next decade; 51% of jobs are projected to grow more.

The projected employment for biomedical engineers is the best guess created by talented economists and statisticians at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However, as you look through several careers you'll notice that the projections are heavily influenced by past performance and may miss current trends. No one can tell the future, and as new information and better techniques are developed, actual counts and future projections may change. Here's a glimpse at the actual counts versus the projections over time.

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Employment counts
Actual measured employment
BLS 10-year predictions
Variation by state
Employment
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most biomedical engineers? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as biomedical engineers. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

One important factor in the differences between ACS and BLS data is that the ACS numbers are for all biomedical and agricultural engineers, comprised of all specialities listed in the menu bar, and you can choose to view the BLS at the specialty or full career level.

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Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
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Number of Biomedical Engineers per 1,000 workers (BLS)
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Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where biomedical engineers earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for biomedical and agricultural engineers compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for biomedical and agricultural engineers.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information. The ACS salaries are for all biomedical and agricultural engineers, which combines the specialities from which you can choose at the top of the page.

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In-state comparisions
Median salary
Use this data source
BLS for this specialty
Median salary ratio: Biomedical Engineers to all workers (BLS for this specialty)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which biomedical engineers earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
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If this job interests you, then use the dots below to find other jobs you might like. The dots closer to the top represent jobs that are like Biomedical and agricultural engineers (shown with a blue star). Look for the dots to the right to find the best salaries! (We pulled salary data from BLS, and they give a top salary value of just over $200K to protect privacy, so our graph would go much higher if the salaries were not top coded.)

How should the career similarity be computed

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  • Knowledge: What do you need to know the most about?
  • Physical Abilities: Do you need to especially strong or coordinated?
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