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Biomedical Equipment Technician Salaries

What is the average salary of a biomedical equipment technician?

Pay can vary for biomedical equipment technicians (BMETs), but the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports the mean, or average, annual wage as $48,540 for the occupation, according to May 2014 information. Biomedical technician wages can differ based on the geographical location and industry of employment that a professional is working in. In fact, the BLS reports the median pay for those with the lowest 10 percent of earnings as $27,660 and the median pay for those in the highest 10 percent as $74,750.

What are the highest paying states for biomedical equipment technicians?

Location is another factor that can greatly influence salary potential since economic conditions and the number of industries employing biomedical equipment technicians can differ considerably between states. As of May 2014, the BLS shows that the highest-paying states for BMETs were the following:

  • Alaska: $69,280
  • Oregon: $58,650
  • Delaware: $58,540
  • Nebraska: $57,400
  • New Jersey: $57,240

Are biomedical equipment technicians in high demand?

The BLS reports that job opportunities for medical equipment repairers, which include BMETs, should grow by 30 percent from 2012 to 2022. This is much faster than average and could result in 12,800 new jobs becoming available during this time. There should be various factors contributing to this demand. A signification one is an aging U.S. population that will be in need of more medical services that require more medical testing and will increase use of equipment. Somewhat similarly, more people now have access to health insurance due to recent changes in federal law, and they may seek more services using medical testing equipment.

Also, as health care improves through research and technology, equipment will become more complex. This will result in the need for workers to maintain and repair these pieces of equipment, which can include electrocardiograms, ultrasounds, x-ray machines and many other machines, according to the BLS. BMETs' skills should also be needed to maintain and repair complex machinery related to ophthalmology and dentistry as well as less sophisticated equipment like electric beds and wheelchairs.

Is there room for advancement?

The BLS reports that some of the best job opportunities for BMETs should be available to those with an associate degree in biolmedical equipment technology or engineering as well as those who are willing to move since qualified applicants do not necessarily seek jobs in rural areas. Of course, employers may be even more drawn to BMETs who have a bachelor's level biomedical technician degree.

On top of that, BMETs may wish to seek certification. This certification can demonstrate that they have the competence and ability needed to work in the field and can also increase their competitiveness when it comes to finding a job. The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) is one organization offering certification. Certification from the AAMI is available in three different areas: Certified Biomedical Equipment Technician (CBET), Certified Radiology Equipment Specialists (CRES) and Certified Laboratory Equipment Specialist (CLEB).

BMET's with extensive and diverse work experience may appear more attractive to prospective employers and may be able to earn higher salaries. BMETS can also consider other health care careers that might provide them with more pay, such as a registered nurse, or even consider a degree in engineering if they enjoy the fixing and repairing responsibilities of their career.

Sources:

  1. Medical Equipment Repairers, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, Jan. 8, 2014. http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes499062.htm
  2. Medical Equipment Repairers, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, May 2014. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/medical-equipment-repairers.htm#tab-6

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