Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

29-2033 Nuclear Medicine Technologists

Prepare, administer, and measure radioactive isotopes in therapeutic, diagnostic, and tracer studies using a variety of radioisotope equipment. Prepare stock solutions of radioactive materials and calculate doses to be administered by radiologists. Subject patients to radiation. Execute blood volume, red cell survival, and fat absorption studies following standard laboratory techniques.


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)
20,320 1.8 % $35.21 $73,230 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $25.04 $29.68 $34.66 $41.06 $46.43
Annual Wage (2) $52,080 $61,730 $72,100 $85,410 $96,570


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)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 13,850 0.26 $35.09 $72,980
Offices of Physicians 4,160 0.17 $36.05 $74,980
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 1,260 0.51 $33.05 $68,740
Outpatient Care Centers 310 0.04 $37.72 $78,450
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 220 0.09 $36.88 $76,700

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 1,260 0.51 $33.05 $68,740
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 13,850 0.26 $35.09 $72,980
Offices of Physicians 4,160 0.17 $36.05 $74,980
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 220 0.09 $36.88 $76,700
Outpatient Care Centers 310 0.04 $37.72 $78,450

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 90 (7) $40.72 $84,700
Outpatient Care Centers 310 0.04 $37.72 $78,450
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 220 0.09 $36.88 $76,700
Offices of Physicians 4,160 0.17 $36.05 $74,980
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 70 0.01 $35.56 $73,950


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)
Florida 1,670 0.22 1.45 $34.70 $72,170
California 1,560 0.10 0.69 $47.27 $98,320
Texas 1,500 0.13 0.89 $34.15 $71,040
New York 1,330 0.15 1.00 $37.89 $78,810
Pennsylvania 1,020 0.18 1.19 $32.10 $66,760



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)
South Dakota 150 0.37 2.43 $27.48 $57,170
West Virginia 180 0.25 1.65 $27.48 $57,170
Florida 1,670 0.22 1.45 $34.70 $72,170
Tennessee 580 0.21 1.41 $30.55 $63,540
Mississippi 230 0.21 1.40 $31.42 $65,350



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 1,560 0.10 0.69 $47.27 $98,320
Hawaii 80 0.14 0.90 $41.15 $85,590
New Jersey 590 0.15 1.02 $40.85 $84,970
Connecticut 330 0.20 1.31 $40.65 $84,540
Washington 460 0.16 1.06 $40.44 $84,120




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)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 700 0.13 0.87 $40.07 $83,350
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 470 0.12 0.82 $35.08 $72,970
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 330 0.15 0.99 $33.63 $69,940
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 330 0.08 0.54 $48.08 $100,000
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 330 0.18 1.17 $35.05 $72,890
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 310 0.26 1.73 $36.51 $75,940
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 300 0.11 0.71 $34.42 $71,590
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 290 0.22 1.44 $37.17 $77,310
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 270 0.11 0.76 $35.15 $73,110
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 270 0.15 0.97 $37.02 $77,000



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)
Sioux Falls, SD 100 0.71 4.71 $26.13 $54,340
Monroe, LA 50 0.62 4.15 $24.34 $50,620
Winchester, VA-WV 30 0.56 3.71 $35.26 $73,350
Wheeling, WV-OH 30 0.53 3.55 $27.82 $57,860
Johnson City, TN 30 0.46 3.07 $30.29 $62,990
Tulsa, OK 180 0.41 2.76 $28.15 $58,550
Fayetteville, NC 50 0.38 2.55 $28.39 $59,060
Peabody, MA NECTA Division 40 0.36 2.40 $38.31 $79,670
Charlottesville, VA 30 0.36 2.37 $35.24 $73,290
Ann Arbor, MI 60 0.31 2.09 $33.16 $68,980



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)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 40 0.04 0.29 $57.46 $119,510
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 70 0.07 0.46 $54.17 $112,670
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $53.86 $112,030
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 100 0.11 0.74 $50.94 $105,960
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 100 0.07 0.46 $49.97 $103,940
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 330 0.08 0.54 $48.08 $100,000
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA (8) (8) (8) $47.69 $99,200
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 170 0.14 0.90 $46.42 $96,560
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 120 0.29 1.93 $45.55 $94,740
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 130 0.13 0.88 $43.10 $89,640

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)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.14 0.94 $33.16 $68,980
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 50 0.18 1.20 $32.96 $68,560
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 50 0.17 1.12 $29.41 $61,180
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 50 0.26 1.72 $32.85 $68,340
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.36 2.42 $26.38 $54,870

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)
Natchitoches nonmetropolitan area 50 0.58 3.89 $27.33 $56,850
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.36 2.42 $26.38 $54,870
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.33 2.21 (8) (8)
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 40 0.29 1.94 $26.85 $55,860
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 40 0.29 1.95 $32.66 $67,940

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)
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 40 0.20 1.36 $37.43 $77,850
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 50 0.21 1.41 $34.33 $71,410
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $34.28 $71,310
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.14 0.94 $33.16 $68,980
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 50 0.18 1.20 $32.96 $68,560


About May 2014 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015