Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

17-2161 Nuclear Engineers

Conduct research on nuclear engineering projects or apply principles and theory of nuclear science to problems concerned with release, control, and use of nuclear energy and nuclear waste disposal.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
16,400 4.3 % $51.38 $106,860 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $32.20 $39.55 $48.85 $58.29 $75.46
Annual Wage (2) $66,970 $82,270 $101,600 $121,240 $156,960


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 6,700 1.73 $48.49 $100,870
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,610 0.13 $44.69 $92,950
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,590 0.41 $58.99 $122,700
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,720 0.13 $55.76 $115,980
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 610 0.05 $60.93 $126,730

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 6,700 1.73 $48.49 $100,870
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,590 0.41 $58.99 $122,700
Waste Treatment and Disposal 210 0.22 $53.04 $110,330
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,610 0.13 $44.69 $92,950
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,720 0.13 $55.76 $115,980

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 610 0.05 $60.93 $126,730
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,590 0.41 $58.99 $122,700
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,720 0.13 $55.76 $115,980
Waste Treatment and Disposal 210 0.22 $53.04 $110,330
Management of Companies and Enterprises 240 0.01 $52.27 $108,710


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Virginia 2,250 0.62 5.00 $41.48 $86,280
Pennsylvania 1,510 0.27 2.17 $43.75 $91,000
California 1,450 0.10 0.80 $64.95 $135,110
Washington 1,050 0.37 3.01 $46.24 $96,180
Tennessee 1,050 0.39 3.13 $64.42 $133,980




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Virginia 2,250 0.62 5.00 $41.48 $86,280
New Mexico 460 0.59 4.73 $70.22 $146,060
South Carolina 750 0.41 3.30 $43.32 $90,100
Idaho 250 0.41 3.34 $53.38 $111,040
Tennessee 1,050 0.39 3.13 $64.42 $133,980




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 90 0.14 1.10 $72.50 $150,790
New Mexico 460 0.59 4.73 $70.22 $146,060
Colorado 30 0.02 0.12 $68.88 $143,270
Maryland 390 0.15 1.25 $65.03 $135,260
California 1,450 0.10 0.80 $64.95 $135,110





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 1,640 2.26 18.25 $37.93 $78,890
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 500 0.14 1.10 $53.54 $111,370
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 360 3.70 29.88 $52.60 $109,420
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 350 0.07 0.55 $61.30 $127,510
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 280 0.22 1.77 $52.45 $109,090
Knoxville, TN 250 0.76 6.16 $60.90 $126,670
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 240 0.10 0.83 $66.51 $138,340
Chattanooga, TN-GA 220 0.97 7.83 $59.18 $123,100
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 180 0.91 7.34 $40.31 $83,840
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 170 0.12 0.96 (8) (8)




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 360 3.70 29.88 $52.60 $109,420
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 1,640 2.26 18.25 $37.93 $78,890
Chattanooga, TN-GA 220 0.97 7.83 $59.18 $123,100
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 180 0.91 7.34 $40.31 $83,840
Knoxville, TN 250 0.76 6.16 $60.90 $126,670
Columbia, SC 160 0.46 3.74 $46.05 $95,780
Syracuse, NY 120 0.41 3.28 $50.24 $104,490
Albuquerque, NM 140 0.39 3.16 $61.42 $127,750
Wilmington, NC 50 0.36 2.92 $44.18 $91,890
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 170 0.32 2.61 $52.09 $108,350




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 160 0.29 2.35 $75.44 $156,920
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $69.98 $145,560
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 240 0.10 0.83 $66.51 $138,340
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT (8) (8) (8) $66.35 $138,010
Albuquerque, NM 140 0.39 3.16 $61.42 $127,750
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 350 0.07 0.55 $61.30 $127,510
Knoxville, TN 250 0.76 6.16 $60.90 $126,670
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 60 0.10 0.82 $60.03 $124,860
Chattanooga, TN-GA 220 0.97 7.83 $59.18 $123,100
Trenton-Ewing, NJ (8) (8) (8) $57.33 $119,240

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 330 2.45 19.81 $51.41 $106,940
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 190 12.72 102.86 $82.70 $172,010
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 60 0.50 4.02 $63.75 $132,590

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 190 12.72 102.86 $82.70 $172,010
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 330 2.45 19.81 $51.41 $106,940
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 60 0.50 4.02 $63.75 $132,590

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 190 12.72 102.86 $82.70 $172,010
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 60 0.50 4.02 $63.75 $132,590
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 330 2.45 19.81 $51.41 $106,940


About May 2013 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014