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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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 Nuclear Engineers
Industry profile for Nuclear Engineers
Geographic profile for Nuclear Engineers

National estimates for Nuclear Engineers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Nuclear Engineers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
12,670 5.1 % $ 58.54 $ 121,760 2.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for Nuclear Engineers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 36.28 $ 45.12 $ 57.87 $ 65.50 $ 81.25
Annual Wage (2) $ 75,460 $ 93,840 $ 120,380 $ 136,240 $ 169,000


Industry profile for Nuclear Engineers:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Nuclear Engineers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 4,550 1.21 $ 54.36 $ 113,070
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 2,760 0.13 $ 49.30 $ 102,540
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,810 0.23 $ 76.88 $ 159,910
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,070 0.07 $ 61.36 $ 127,620
Management of Companies and Enterprises 270 0.01 $ 61.45 $ 127,810

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Nuclear Engineers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 4,550 1.21 $ 54.36 $ 113,070
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,810 0.23 $ 76.88 $ 159,910
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 2,760 0.13 $ 49.30 $ 102,540
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,070 0.07 $ 61.36 $ 127,620
Management of Companies and Enterprises 270 0.01 $ 61.45 $ 127,810

Top paying industries for Nuclear Engineers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services (8) (8) $ 82.42 $ 171,430
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services (8) (8) $ 82.25 $ 171,070
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,810 0.23 $ 76.88 $ 159,910
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 80 (7) $ 63.03 $ 131,100
Management of Companies and Enterprises 270 0.01 $ 61.45 $ 127,810


Geographic profile for Nuclear Engineers:

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



Map of employment of nuclear engineers by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Nuclear Engineers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Virginia 1,330 0.35 3.94 $ 50.52 $ 105,080
New Mexico 890 1.15 12.79 (8) (8)
Tennessee 840 0.28 3.12 $ 60.61 $ 126,080
South Carolina 820 0.40 4.40 $ 49.49 $ 102,930
Idaho 690 0.91 10.16 $ 70.47 $ 146,580


Map of location quotient of nuclear engineers by state, May 2021


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

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Mexico 890 1.15 12.79 (8) (8)
Idaho 690 0.91 10.16 $ 70.47 $ 146,580
South Carolina 820 0.40 4.40 $ 49.49 $ 102,930
Virginia 1,330 0.35 3.94 $ 50.52 $ 105,080
Tennessee 840 0.28 3.12 $ 60.61 $ 126,080


Map of annual mean wages of nuclear engineers by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Nuclear Engineers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kentucky (8) (8) (8) $ 95.63 $ 198,900
California 340 0.02 0.23 $ 70.70 $ 147,060
Idaho 690 0.91 10.16 $ 70.47 $ 146,580
District of Columbia (8) (8) (8) $ 70.28 $ 146,190
Oregon 70 0.04 0.41 $ 64.44 $ 134,040



Map of employment of nuclear engineers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Nuclear Engineers:

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 750 1.05 11.72 $ 43.98 $ 91,470
Idaho Falls, ID 650 9.04 100.55 $ 68.99 $ 143,500
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 530 0.18 2.02 $ 62.84 $ 130,700
Knoxville, TN 500 1.32 14.63 $ 60.41 $ 125,660
Portsmouth, NH-ME 390 4.42 49.13 $ 48.39 $ 100,640
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 260 0.10 1.09 $ 61.47 $ 127,850
Pittsburgh, PA 220 0.21 2.31 $ 51.81 $ 107,770
Monroe, MI 190 5.27 58.55 $ 48.78 $ 101,460
Baton Rouge, LA 150 0.41 4.52 $ 42.70 $ 88,810
Lynchburg, VA 120 1.29 14.39 $ 49.88 $ 103,740


Map of location quotient of nuclear engineers by area, May 2021


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

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Idaho Falls, ID 650 9.04 100.55 $ 68.99 $ 143,500
Monroe, MI 190 5.27 58.55 $ 48.78 $ 101,460
Portsmouth, NH-ME 390 4.42 49.13 $ 48.39 $ 100,640
Knoxville, TN 500 1.32 14.63 $ 60.41 $ 125,660
Lynchburg, VA 120 1.29 14.39 $ 49.88 $ 103,740
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 70 1.29 14.39 $ 67.83 $ 141,090
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 750 1.05 11.72 $ 43.98 $ 91,470
College Station-Bryan, TX 80 0.67 7.50 (8) (8)
Baton Rouge, LA 150 0.41 4.52 $ 42.70 $ 88,810
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 90 0.41 4.51 $ 59.82 $ 124,420


Map of annual mean wages of nuclear engineers by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Nuclear Engineers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ (8) (8) (8) $ 73.94 $ 153,790
Idaho Falls, ID 650 9.04 100.55 $ 68.99 $ 143,500
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 70 1.29 14.39 $ 67.83 $ 141,090
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA (8) (8) (8) $ 64.68 $ 134,530
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 530 0.18 2.02 $ 62.84 $ 130,700
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 260 0.10 1.09 $ 61.47 $ 127,850
Knoxville, TN 500 1.32 14.63 $ 60.41 $ 125,660
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 90 0.41 4.51 $ 59.82 $ 124,420
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 110 0.03 0.28 $ 59.40 $ 123,550
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 60 0.01 0.12 $ 58.96 $ 122,640

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Nuclear Engineers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 100 0.79 8.77 $ 56.55 $ 117,620

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

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 100 0.79 8.77 $ 56.55 $ 117,620

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Nuclear Engineers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 100 0.79 8.77 $ 56.55 $ 117,620


About May 2021 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 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022