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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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 Nuclear Medicine Technologists
Industry profile for Nuclear Medicine Technologists
Geographic profile for Nuclear Medicine Technologists

National estimates for Nuclear Medicine Technologists: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Nuclear Medicine Technologists:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
17,510 2.3 % $ 39.46 $ 82,080 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for Nuclear Medicine Technologists:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 27.80 $ 32.87 $ 38.27 $ 45.78 $ 52.44
Annual Wage (2) $ 57,830 $ 68,370 $ 79,590 $ 95,230 $ 109,070


Industry profile for Nuclear Medicine Technologists: Top

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Nuclear Medicine Technologists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 12,500 0.22 $ 39.26 $ 81,660
Offices of Physicians 2,580 0.10 $ 38.68 $ 80,460
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 1,330 0.49 $ 37.09 $ 77,140
Outpatient Care Centers 510 0.05 $ 55.79 $ 116,040
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 240 0.09 $ 39.27 $ 81,680

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Nuclear Medicine Technologists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 1,330 0.49 $ 37.09 $ 77,140
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 12,500 0.22 $ 39.26 $ 81,660
Offices of Physicians 2,580 0.10 $ 38.68 $ 80,460
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 240 0.09 $ 39.27 $ 81,680
Outpatient Care Centers 510 0.05 $ 55.79 $ 116,040

Top paying industries for Nuclear Medicine Technologists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Outpatient Care Centers 510 0.05 $ 55.79 $ 116,040
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 240 0.09 $ 39.27 $ 81,680
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 12,500 0.22 $ 39.26 $ 81,660
Management of Companies and Enterprises 40 (7) $ 38.69 $ 80,480
Offices of Physicians 2,580 0.10 $ 38.68 $ 80,460


Geographic profile for Nuclear Medicine Technologists: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in Nuclear Medicine Technologists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Florida 1,510 0.18 1.42 $ 36.65 $ 76,230
Texas 1,320 0.11 0.86 $ 37.72 $ 78,450
California 1,270 0.08 0.62 $ 58.21 $ 121,070
Ohio 910 0.18 1.40 $ 36.05 $ 74,990
New York 870 0.10 0.80 $ 43.28 $ 90,020




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Nuclear Medicine Technologists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Dakota 140 0.34 2.69 $ 31.28 $ 65,060
West Virginia 140 0.22 1.73 $ 30.76 $ 63,970
Louisiana 380 0.21 1.70 $ 33.87 $ 70,450
Alabama 350 0.19 1.48 $ 31.24 $ 64,990
Delaware 80 0.18 1.47 $ 40.59 $ 84,420




Top paying states for Nuclear Medicine Technologists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 1,270 0.08 0.62 $ 58.21 $ 121,070
Rhode Island 50 0.11 0.85 $ 49.60 $ 103,170
Washington 280 0.09 0.69 $ 48.78 $ 101,450
Hawaii 40 0.06 0.48 $ 48.55 $ 100,980
District of Columbia 70 0.10 0.76 $ 46.62 $ 96,960





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Nuclear Medicine Technologists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,010 0.11 0.91 $ 44.23 $ 92,010
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 570 0.13 1.04 $ 41.84 $ 87,040
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 450 0.17 1.33 $ 38.77 $ 80,650
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 420 0.07 0.57 $ 56.57 $ 117,670
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 390 0.15 1.22 $ 37.66 $ 78,330
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 310 0.17 1.36 $ 36.25 $ 75,390
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 280 0.11 0.85 $ 40.73 $ 84,730
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 260 0.22 1.74 $ 36.86 $ 76,670
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 260 0.20 1.58 $ 40.14 $ 83,490
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 250 0.08 0.67 $ 42.40 $ 88,190




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Nuclear Medicine Technologists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Sioux Falls, SD 100 0.66 5.23 $ 29.53 $ 61,410
Greenville, NC 40 0.48 3.81 $ 29.87 $ 62,120
Joplin, MO 30 0.39 3.13 (8) (8)
Toledo, OH 90 0.34 2.70 $ 34.06 $ 70,840
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 100 0.31 2.42 $ 39.50 $ 82,160
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 100 0.30 2.39 $ 31.43 $ 65,370
Canton-Massillon, OH 40 0.28 2.25 $ 34.73 $ 72,240
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 140 0.28 2.20 $ 32.18 $ 66,940
Gainesville, FL 40 0.27 2.18 $ 33.25 $ 69,170
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 70 0.27 2.16 $ 37.57 $ 78,140




Top paying metropolitan areas for Nuclear Medicine Technologists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 120 0.05 0.41 $ 67.02 $ 139,410
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 50 0.05 0.39 $ 65.70 $ 136,650
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 100 0.11 0.85 $ 65.22 $ 135,660
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 90 0.07 0.54 $ 59.77 $ 124,330
Fresno, CA 50 0.13 1.05 $ 58.21 $ 121,070
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 420 0.07 0.57 $ 56.57 $ 117,670
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 54.06 $ 112,450
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 130 0.09 0.71 $ 53.54 $ 111,360
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 150 0.08 0.61 $ 51.51 $ 107,140
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 60 0.11 0.85 $ 48.83 $ 101,570

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Nuclear Medicine Technologists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 70 0.23 1.86 $ 34.83 $ 72,450
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.17 1.32 $ 35.21 $ 73,230
South Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.33 2.61 $ 32.55 $ 67,700
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 50 0.21 1.65 $ 31.18 $ 64,850
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.14 1.13 $ 33.49 $ 69,660

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Nuclear Medicine Technologists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.33 2.61 $ 32.55 $ 67,700
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 70 0.23 1.86 $ 34.83 $ 72,450
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 50 0.21 1.65 $ 31.18 $ 64,850
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.17 1.32 $ 35.21 $ 73,230
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.14 1.13 $ 33.49 $ 69,660

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Nuclear Medicine Technologists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.17 1.32 $ 35.21 $ 73,230
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 70 0.23 1.86 $ 34.83 $ 72,450
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 30 0.13 1.01 $ 33.55 $ 69,770
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.14 1.13 $ 33.49 $ 69,660
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.13 1.02 $ 33.45 $ 69,570


About May 2020 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 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021