San Francisco

San Francisco is famous for its fog and counterculture roots, but Silicon Valley’s urban neighbor is also world-renowned as a center for technology innovation. Biomedical engineers who live here may find opportunities with the many startups that take root in the Bay Area.

Biomedical Engineer Employment: 610

Employment per 1000 Jobs: 0.57

Annual Mean Wage: $104,890 (14% higher than the national mean)

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Salt Lake City, UT

If you love winter sports, there is perhaps no greater place to live than Salt Lake City, which is home to eight world-class ski resorts. Biomedical engineers who can pull themselves off the slopes will also find opportunities at medtech companies like Myriad Genetics and C.R. Bard.

Biomedical Engineer Employment: 430

Employment per 1000 Jobs: 0.65

Annual Mean Wage: $91,500 (less than 1% lower than the national mean)

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Middlesex County, NJ

Home to Johnson & Johnson’s corporate headquarters, the Middlesex County city of New Brunswick is nicknamed the Healthcare City for good reason. Biomedical engineers who make their home there enjoy the fifth-highest annual mean wage in the nation.

Biomedical Engineer Employment: Not available

Employment per 1000 Jobs: Not available

Annual Mean Wage: $106,610 (16% higher than the national mean)

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Minneapolis-St. Paul

Some of the biggest names in the medical device industry have a presence in the Twin Cities area, making it a great place to be a biomedical engineer. Those who can brave the long, cold winters are rewarded with an annual mean wage well above the national average for the occupation.

Biomedical Engineer Employment: 810

Employment per 1000 Jobs: 0.44

Annual Mean Wage: $112,960 (23% higher than the national mean)

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Philadelphia

With the seventh-highest employment level for biomedical engineers in the nation, the city of Brotherly Love is a great place to get a job, but if you’re concerned about earning a big paycheck, you may want to settle elsewhere. Biomedical engineers in the city make significantly less than the national average for the profession.

Biomedical Engineer Employment: 590

Employment per 1000 Jobs: 0.32

Annual Mean Wage: $77,800 (15% lower than the national mean)

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Orange County, CA

Since Edwards Lifesciences set up shop in Santa Ana back in 1958, a number of other medtech heavy hitters http://www.locationoc.com/business-climate/industry-clusters/life-sciences/ have followed. Biomedical engineers who make the move to the area enjoy beautiful beaches, average temperatures in the 70s, and a higher mean annual wage than their peers in all other parts of the country.

Biomedical Engineer Employment: 1150

Employment per 1000 Jobs: 0....

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San Diego

Home to a bustling biotech hub and medtech companies including CareFusion, San Diego also offers great weather and world-class beaches. But biomedical engineers who take a job there should be prepared to get paid in sunshine dollars, as the annual mean wage is well below the national average for the field.

Biomedical Engineer Employment: 630

Employment per 1000 Jobs: 0.48

Annual Mean Wage: $80,290 (12% lower than the national mean)

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Boston

The Boston metro area is a well-known medtech hub, employing the highest number of biomedical engineers in the nation. But with more than 50 institutions of higher education, including two of the top 10 biomedical engineering programs (MIT and Boston University), you’re likely to face competition from an impressive field of job candidates.

Biomedical Engineer Employment: 1410

Employment per 1000 Jobs: 0.78

Annual Mean Wage: $91,090 (about 1% lower than the national mean)
 

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If you’re trying to increase your chances of finding a biomedical engineering job or ensure a fat paycheck, move to one of these 10 locations. 

Being a biomedical engineer has its perks. You get to make a difference in the lives of patients without spending four years in medical school, job growth in the field is increasing much faster than average, and you make on average nearly double the annual mean wage. Not a bad gig.

But where you choose to live can affect everything from your salary to your job prospects. We mined data from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics to see where biomedical engineers should settle to increase their chances of...

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East Bay Area, CA

Once known as the seedy side of the San Francisco Bay area, the East Bay is fast gaining a reputation as a hipster enclave with a growing arts scene. The East Bay cities of Oakland, Fremont, and Hayward also offer the fourth-best annual mean wage in the country for biomedical engineers.

Biomedical Engineer Employment: 450

Employment per 1000 Jobs: 0.44

Annual Mean Wage: $108,390 (18% higher than the national mean)

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