Starting BMET Salary From 2009 Salary Survey

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Salaries for professionals with BMET background or education ( A.S., B.S. or DoD Military BMET ) can range widely from $40,000 to $102,000 per year.  The reason for the wide range in salary is the wide range of positions a BMET can fill from BMET I to Director of the Biomedical Engineering Department ( B.S. required ) or a CT or MRI Specialist. Geographical region and experience level also plays a part.  Results this year took an unexpected jump.  Whether this is a statistical aberration or real the reported starting BMET I earn an average of about $53,000.  Check the 2010 update link below to see if this salary is typical.  Starting BMET II an average of $54,000.  A.S. degreed individuals can expect to start at BMET I salaries. B.S. can expect to start at BMET II salaries or better.  Radiology specialists can start at around $64,000.  Women appear to outperform men in some regions of the country when it comes to compensation. Overall though there appears to be a gender gap that favors men which unfortunately is typical of the rest of the job market. If you compare to last year you will see that these numbers bounce around from year to year. This is a result of the size of the sample and the varying number of people who actually volunteer information. In my opinion it still does a good job of reflecting the salary range.

Update: Starting BMET Salary From 2010 Salary Survey

( See BMET 2009 Compensation Survey )

Also see

List of Schools Offering Accredited BMET Programs and Biomedical Engineering Technology )

Description of what a BMET does

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10 thoughts on “Starting BMET Salary From 2009 Salary Survey

  1. Dear Joaquin Mayoral,

    After school I wanna go back to the West Coast, CA to be exact, wanted to know as a BMET I coming fresh out of school, A.S. degree & a year of experiance salary-wise what should I expect to get in California?

  2. Hey great little mini article on the BMET, I’m a student about to enter my last semester & I’m doin an extended internship at my local hospital….which I highly recommend anyone should do if you don’t find a job right away, basically develop an “in” because you want your name & face the 1st one they think about when a position comes up…..Oh & another tidbit I picked up was 80% of folks get turned down cuz….wait for it, resumes!!! So the recruiter told me to get my hands on a professional resume book or take a class on it cuz he goes threw 50-75 resumes that he throws away… I took that 2 heart….but I hope this helps someone out there

  3. Dear Joaquin,
    I did find this helpful, and thank you for replying to my comment. I was thinking of majoring in Electronics Engineering Technology. i think that really would get me into the field, but then again i’m not sure haha. And i was planning to get a Associates degree so i can get right into the field. What do you think about this? good ideas or not so good ideas?

    1. Alec,

      The A.S. EET degree applies to a wider field than the A.S. BMET degree. If you are people and service oriented and like feeling that you are helping patients then the BMET degree is probably the way to go. If you are not particularly people oriented and like repairing, testing and assembling electronics then an A.S. EET degree may be your best bet. Read the comments by practicing BMET’s on this blog and the source of the salary survey to see if its for you. Check out the compensation differences.

      Joaquin Mayoral

  4. I am looking to become a BMET. I have a few questions though. What are some good classes to take in high school? What do u have to major in to get a job as a BMET? Please answer these i really want to know about this job, i think it’d be alot of fun.

    1. Dear Alec,

      BMET’s have to be able to handle courses like mathematics, biology, chemistry and physiology. I would suggest you take as many of the regular mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics courses in high school that you can handle. Advanced placement courses are not necessary. Do your best because you’ll be seeing the subjects again in the BMET curriculum. Both public and private schools will have tutors to help you through the rough spots. It will also help if you can get as much experience with electronics, mechanical devices and hydraulics as you can. You will be working with your head and your hands in this career. An Associates of Science degree gets you into the field quickly but limits you in terms of career advancement unless you get a Bachelor of Science in business. The Bachelor of Science degree qualifies you to be considered for a management position if you can meet all the experience and performance requirements.

      I hope this helps,

      Joaquin Mayoral

  5. In my experience (which only consists of a couple of months since I only recently graduated May ’10), a B.S. in BME makes the exact same as a BMET who has a 2 year associate degree. And, contrary to what the author says, a BME graduate with a B.S. does not usually go straight to a BMET II, they still are required the same amount of experience as a BMET associate entry level person. This is just my experience in case anyone sees this and thinks they can just go into a hospital because they have a BS in BME and start at a higher level than others because they had more schooling…which is not the case. Biomedical Engineering, we need more companies to recognize the importance of this cross functional degree so that the institutions can understand exactly what to teach these persons in order to prepare them for exciting and rewarding jobs in the field. This major should be able to compete with the computer science and computer engineering programs in the future…..

  6. I agree with both the negative and positive feelings. I have been a biomedical technician for 13 years and have enjoyed it . the only complaint and really just have to say I have always wanted to work on all equipment in the hospital enviroment that was my goal when I went to technical school. But as I graduated I was told to take what I can to just get my foot in the door. I never intended to get specialized due to the fact I like working on all types of equipment in the medical industry but once I got in to a dialysis clinic that has been where I have been in the last 13 years. I tried so hard to get an opportunity to relocate to somewhere to pursue the effort. I finally got out of the business after 13 years to start my own business and fill a childhood dream. Did this for 10 years and really started looking at what my interests really are. I enjoy helping in the process of saving someones life even though they don’t knowing I exsist . But I do get the satisfaction of knowing I did my best and was able to serve the community I live in and to all those whose life depended on my skill and experience. Salaries could come up more it is a lot of stress to go home at night and hope that you have crossed all the T’s and dotted all the i’s. When you loose sleep thinking about all you have done for the day and all the troubleshooting that pops in your head and constantly thinking of all the possibilities for the fix. Thank you fo this outlet to stress all our comments

    1. I was always under the impression if one works on higher priority level of equipment, the compensation will be much more than the individuals who aren’t. From my experiences and with the many BMETs I have spoken with, that is not the case. The same 1%-3% raises are given no matter if you have received training or not every year. The money that is saved for the hospitals by the people in this field is nowhere in proportion to how the BMETs are compensated.

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