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States Where Biomedical Engineers Earn The Most Money In 2022

In a study conducted a few months ago, we analyzed and determined the highest paying medical jobs in the United States in 2022. Cariologists topped that list, but it brought up another question, one about jobs that are adjacent to medical occupations: How much money do biomedical engineers earn in 2022?

In a past article, we examined the highest paying engineering jobs in every state. That list was heavily dominated by petroleum engineers, nuclear engineers, and aerospace engineers. However, biomedical engineering careers have been blowing up in popularity. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH), the job outlook for biomedical engineers is excellent: Employment of biomedical engineers is projected to grow by 10% from 2021 to 2031, a rate which is faster than the average for all jobs.

In terms of pay, the average biomedical engineering salary is over $100,000 per year on the national level, according to the BLS. The median annual biomedical engineering salary is naturally slightly lower at $97,410, but it rises to $123,400 for the 75th percentile of biomedical engineers and $154,750 for the 90th percentile. Thus, biomedical engineering is definitely an intriguing and remunerative field to pursue.

Read on to find out the states where biomedical engineer salaries are the highest in 2022.

10 States Where Biomedical Engineers Earn the Most Money in 2022

Looking at the country as a whole, the average biomedical engineering salary in the U.S. is $101,020. That is only a little shy of double the average annual wage for all occupations in the nation, $58,260. Of course, biomedical engineers can go through years of education, including undergraduate degrees, master’s degrees, and finally doctoral degrees, in order to practice in their field professionally. According to BrokeScholar, the college with the largest number of doctoral degrees in bioengineering and biomedical engineering is Georgia Tech, with 39 doctoral degrees awarded in the 2021-2022 academic year.

Despite Georgia Tech turning out the most biomedical engineering doctoral degrees, Georgia does not rank among the top states where biomedical engineers earn the most money. Below is a breakdown of the top 10 states where biomedical engineering salaries are the highest. Some of the states where biomedical engineers earn the most may be quite surprising.

1. New Mexico

Average biomedical engineering salary per hour: $64.48

Average biomedical engineering salary per year: $134,120

2. Arizona

Average biomedical engineering salary per hour: $58.16

Average biomedical engineering salary per year: $120,970

3. Minnesota

Average biomedical engineering salary per hour: $57.33

Average biomedical engineering salary per year: $119,250

4. Connecticut

Average biomedical engineering salary per hour: $55.97

Average biomedical engineering salary per year: $116,430

5. Massachusetts

Average biomedical engineering salary per hour: $55.61

Average biomedical engineering salary per year: $115,670

6. Louisiana

Average biomedical engineering salary per hour: $53.58

Average biomedical engineering salary per year: $111,440

7. New Jersey

Average biomedical engineering salary per hour: $53.22

Average biomedical engineering salary per year: $110,700

8. Washington

Average biomedical engineering salary per hour: $52.60

Average biomedical engineering salary per year: $109,420

9. Wisconsin

Average biomedical engineering salary per hour: $52.05

Average biomedical engineering salary per year: $108,250

10. New York

Average biomedical engineering salary per hour: $51.29

Average biomedical engineering salary per year: $106,690

Trends in Biomedical Engineering Salaries

Geographically, the top 10 states with the highest average biomedical engineer salaries are a mixed batch and it is hard to identify a clear pattern. The two states where biomedical engineer average annual wages are highest are located in the Southwest — No. 1 New Mexico and No. 2 Arizona. Another two of the top 10 states are located in New England — No. 4 Connecticut and No. 5 Massachusetts. Two of the top-paying states are in the upper Midwest — No. 3 Minnesota and No. 9 Wisconsin. And then another two states are in the Northeast but outside New England — No. 7 New Jersey and No. 10 New York. Louisiana is the lone state representing the U.S. South to make the top 10 list.

Table of the States Where Biomedical Engineers Earn the Most Money

The BLS does not have wage data for biomedical engineers across all 50 states. Instead, it only has wage data for biomedical engineers in 35 states plus the District of Columbia. Below you’ll find a table that includes the state, the average hourly biomedical engineer salary, and the average annual biomedical engineer salary. States are ranked in order of highest biomedical engineer salary to lowest.