Biomedical Equipment Technician (BMET) Salary
Earnings for Biomedical Equipment Technicians in the United States come in at around $21.62 per hour on average. Total cash compensation to Biomedical Equipment Technicians approaches anywhere from $34K on the lower end to $67K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $3K from bonuses and upwards of $2K from profit sharing. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by tenure and geographic location. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 87 percent of Biomedical Equipment Technicians are male. Work is enjoyable for Biomedical Equipment Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Job Description for Biomedical Equipment Technician (BMET)
Biomedical equipment technicians (BMETs) are responsible for all aspects of the installation and maintenance of biomedical equipment. They must test equipment after installation to ensure proper functioning; this includes reviewing manuals and servicing information, and then applying appropriate testing methods and devices (such as oscilloscopes or device-specific analyzers) to certify equipment works and is properly calibrated. Biomedical equipment technicians serve as the primary contact point with medical staff, and they may be required to provide training in proper equipment usage. In the event of a device failure, BMETs provide maintenance and repair services. They may also provide advice and insight on equipment purchases to hospital staff due to their familiarity with the products.Read More...
Biomedical equipment technicians work full time in a medical environment. Due to the nature of the work, they may be required to work nights, weekends, or overtime to ensure proper device functionality. In the case of emergencies, they may be called in to address critical device failures as well. They spend the majority of their time installing and maintaining biomedical equipment, which requires delicate repair work and moving heavy equipment. Frequent travel may be necessary.
Biomedical equipment technicians are required to hold an associate’s degree in biomedical equipment technology/training or equivalent training. They may be required to be a certified biomedical equipment technician (CBET). BMETs are often separated into tiers according to experience, with BMET II and BMET III requiring seven to 15 years of experience and BMET I as an entry-level position.
Biomedical Equipment Technician (BMET) Tasks
- Train and assist staff in using and interpreting biomedical equipment.
- Operate and keep records on equipment such as multimeters, oscilloscopes, defibrillator analyzers, etc.
- Inspect, maintain, repair, and request parts for biomedical equipment.
Common Career Paths for Biomedical Equipment Technician (BMET)
Though not the most common occurrence, Biomedical Equipment Technicians sometimes become Biomedical Engineering Managers, where the average income is $83K per year. Many Biomedical Equipment Technicians advance into roles as Biomedical Engineering Technicians or Biomedical Technicians, but the median salaries are $4K lower and $5K lower, respectively.
Biomedical Equipment Technician (BMET) Job Listings
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Popular Employer Salaries for Biomedical Equipment Technician (BMET)
Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., DaVita Inc., General Electric Co (GE), General Electric (GE) Healthcare, and Aramark are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Biomedical Equipment Technicians. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Sodexo, Inc. offers the most; Biomedical Equipment Technicians earn $56K on average there. Biomedical Equipment Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks at General Electric (GE) Healthcare ($53K), Indiana University (IU) Health ($51K), and Universal Hospital Services ($50K).
Other low-paying employers include U.S. Army at $39K and Aramark at $41K, though some Biomedical Equipment Technicians there earn up to $71K.
Popular Skills for Biomedical Equipment Technician (BMET)
Biomedical Equipment Technicians generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Radiology, Anesthesia, Telemetry, and System Repair are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 16 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Equipment Maintenance and Dialysis. The majority of those who know Electronic Troubleshooting also know System Repair and Troubleshooting.
Pay by Experience Level for Biomedical Equipment Technician (BMET)
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Biomedical Equipment Technicians with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $43K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $51K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Biomedical Equipment Technicians make a median salary of $55K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Biomedical Equipment Technician generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $60K.
Pay Difference by Location
Surpassing the national average by 19 percent, Biomedical Equipment Technicians in Los Angeles receive some of the highest pay in the country. Biomedical Equipment Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+18 percent), Boston (+17 percent), Chicago (+14 percent), and New York (+12 percent). Falling short of the national average by 15 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Columbus. Employers also pay below the national average in Austin and St. Louis (13 percent lower).