The average salary for a biomedical engineer is about $72,000 in the US, according to the American Association of Colleges and Employers.
That’s a little higher than the average US household income of $56,000.
The number of medical engineers in the country is rising.
In 2017, the number of active medical engineers rose by 4 percent compared to 2016, according the National Medical Technology Association, which tracks the state of medical technology.
The surge in medical engineers has been driven by several factors, including an increase in patients needing advanced medical care and a growing need for technology to treat them.
The AMA reported last year that more than one-third of the healthcare workforce requires a degree in medical technology, which has made medical engineering a highly desirable career.
“It’s a very exciting time in medicine,” said Dr. Anthony S. Sussman, chairman of the medical technology committee at Johns Hopkins University.
“In the future, it will be the most powerful job in medicine.”
But despite the growing demand, the supply of medical engineering graduates remains limited.
According to a report by the Medical Technology Industry Association, medical engineering is the least-popular medical technology career among graduates.
That means graduates are often stuck in a lower-paying field, especially in areas like IT.
“I’m a software engineer, but the medical field is where I want to be, and I’m not going to do that unless I’m a medical engineer,” said Sussmann.
A recent survey by the AMA showed that the median salary for an IT specialist was $72.73 in the United States in 2020.
But that’s far lower than the median income of nearly $89,000 for an engineering graduate.
The AMA also found that the average salary of an engineering engineer is $80,000 compared to $100,000 by an IT consultant.
But despite this, Sussmans job search was far from easy.
“There are many things I can do on a day-to-day basis that I can’t do on an assembly line,” he said.
“And that’s a big barrier.”
We want to make sure we can recruit and retain people who are going to be doing medical science in the next decade,” he added.