Health care is technology-intensive, and the equipment needs regular maintenance. Biomedical equipment technicians -- also called medical equipment repairers or biomed techs -- are the workers who maintain equipment, troubleshoot and handle most repairs. Most have an associate degree in engineering or biomedical technology. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics notes demand is expected to be high for this occupation, at 30 percent from 2012 to 2022. Salary variations are primarily related to work setting or industry and geographic location.
It's About the Money
Biomedical technicians earned an average annual salary of $47,120 in 2013, with a range of $26,930 to $72,660, according to the BLS. Most biomedical technicians worked in one of three settings: professional and commercial equipment and supplies merchant wholesalers, electronic and precision equipment repair and maintenance, and general medical and surgical hospitals. Salaries in those settings were $47,300, $50,170 and $50,430 respectively. Earnings for biomedical technicians varied by location in 2013. Wyoming was the lowest-paying state, with an average salary of $33,240. Biomedical technicians in Alaska earned the most at $69,510, well ahead of second-place Utah, where the average salary was $57,450. The central New York metropolitan area was the highest-paying rural area at $62,980, and Anchorage, Alaska took top honors in pay for metropolitan areas, with an average annual salary of $69,670.
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