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Biomedical Engineer Salary

Biomedical Engineer Salary

Biomedical engineers' salaries are typically in the range from £12,255 to £35,752 a year according to Payscale, but they can vary greatly depending on job title, nature of the work, years of experience in the field, location, company, and a number of other factors. Biomedical engineers employed in companies generally earn between £12,080 and £34,765 a year. Those working in the private sector or employed as clinical scientists in the National Health Service (NHS) earn from £28,000 to £38,000 a year on average according to Prospects.ac.uk. Senior biomedical engineers working in the NHS can expect to make up to £40,157 a year, while those employed in the private sector make £45,000 a year on average.

Starting salary

Biomedical engineers employed as trainees in the NHS earn from £21,176 to £27,534 a year according to Prospects.ac.uk. Their salary will vary depending on location and, after gaining some relevant work experience, it will rise up to £34,189 a year.

Biomedical engineers with 1 to 4 years of experience can expect to earn between £22,404 and £30,521 a year according to Payscale.

Hourly wage

The average hourly rate for biomedical engineers is around £18.81 per hour according to MySalary.co.uk.

General salary information

Biomedical engineers have a variety of jobs available to them across the UK, especially if they are pursuing a career in the NHS. They typically move between hospital-based jobs and roles in the healthcare industry. Those working in the NHS do not get to travel as much as their colleagues who are employed in the private sector or on research projects, but they get a structured training program that includes a MSc and diploma study and leads to status of state registered clinical scientists.

Biomedical engineers who opt for a career in the private sector typically work toward obtaining the status of chartered engineers (CEng), which takes at least four years and leads to registration with the Engineering Council. Engineers' career progression, especially obtaining chartered status, reflects on their salary. Professional bodies usually expect their members to pursue a CPD (continuing professional development) program, which might be a requirement for registration with some of the bodies.

Professionals in the biomedical engineering field have three career directions to choose from. They can work in the NHS, in research, or in the industry. Biomedical engineers employed in research typically earn a PhD in biomedical engineering and either continue working in research or become lecturers at academic institutes or universities.

NHS employees compete for trainee jobs as clinical scientists, and then work toward registration with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). Their career progression often depends on their willingness to relocate.

Engineers working in industry typically work toward obtaining chartered status and then move into senior roles, managment, marketing, production, or quality assurance.

Biomedical engineers do not have many opportunities for self-employment, but can sometimes work as contractors to hospitals or as consultants. Senior biomedical engineers who move into the consultancy sector can expect to earn up to £97,478 a year according to Prospects.ac.uk.