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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
18,810 1.4 % $37.92 $78,870 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $26.60 $31.60 $36.93 $44.27 $50.35
Annual Wage (2) $55,330 $65,720 $76,820 $92,080 $104,730


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 13,630 0.25 $37.78 $78,590
Offices of Physicians 2,860 0.11 $37.61 $78,230
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 1,050 0.39 $36.40 $75,710
Outpatient Care Centers 500 0.05 $51.15 $106,380
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 250 0.10 $38.36 $79,790

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 1,050 0.39 $36.40 $75,710
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 13,630 0.25 $37.78 $78,590
Offices of Physicians 2,860 0.11 $37.61 $78,230
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 250 0.10 $38.36 $79,790
Outpatient Care Centers 500 0.05 $51.15 $106,380

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Outpatient Care Centers 500 0.05 $51.15 $106,380
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 250 0.10 $38.36 $79,790
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 13,630 0.25 $37.78 $78,590
Offices of Physicians 2,860 0.11 $37.61 $78,230
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 1,050 0.39 $36.40 $75,710


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)
Florida 1,710 0.20 1.53 $34.66 $72,090
California 1,520 0.09 0.69 $53.86 $112,040
Texas 1,080 0.09 0.69 $37.21 $77,390
New York 1,040 0.11 0.85 $42.10 $87,560
Pennsylvania 810 0.14 1.06 $34.40 $71,550




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 160 0.39 2.97 $31.25 $64,990
Louisiana 480 0.25 1.95 $32.45 $67,500
West Virginia 170 0.24 1.88 $29.02 $60,350
Mississippi 270 0.24 1.82 $31.11 $64,710
Alabama 420 0.22 1.66 $29.49 $61,350




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 1,520 0.09 0.69 $53.86 $112,040
District of Columbia 40 0.06 0.44 $46.33 $96,370
Washington 300 0.09 0.72 $44.21 $91,950
New Jersey 580 0.14 1.10 $44.08 $91,690
Hawaii 40 0.07 0.51 $43.90 $91,310





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,050 0.11 0.85 $44.79 $93,170
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 600 0.13 0.99 $42.01 $87,390
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 500 0.08 0.62 $52.08 $108,330
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 480 0.19 1.44 $34.17 $71,070
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 410 0.14 1.10 $38.85 $80,800
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 340 0.11 0.87 $39.42 $81,990
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 320 0.12 0.93 $38.05 $79,150
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 320 0.26 1.97 $34.93 $72,650
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 320 0.16 1.23 $34.88 $72,550
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 300 0.11 0.83 $40.06 $83,310




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)
Cheyenne, WY 40 0.93 7.17 $35.19 $73,190
Sioux Falls, SD 130 0.81 6.22 $30.46 $63,370
Ocala, FL 40 0.43 3.29 $30.38 $63,180
Canton-Massillon, OH 60 0.36 2.78 $32.58 $67,760
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 160 0.32 2.46 $30.67 $63,800
Chattanooga, TN-GA 80 0.31 2.37 $33.11 $68,870
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 40 0.30 2.30 $59.97 $124,750
Salisbury, MD-DE 50 0.29 2.21 $33.32 $69,300
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 40 0.29 2.24 $29.68 $61,720
Jacksonville, FL 190 0.28 2.16 $35.02 $72,850




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)
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 90 0.09 0.69 $60.79 $126,440
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 40 0.30 2.30 $59.97 $124,750
Stockton-Lodi, CA 30 0.13 0.96 $59.68 $124,130
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 180 0.07 0.57 $56.12 $116,730
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 110 0.07 0.56 $55.77 $116,000
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 80 0.07 0.54 $54.99 $114,370
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 50 0.16 1.23 $54.95 $114,290
Modesto, CA 30 0.19 1.45 $53.70 $111,700
Bakersfield, CA 30 0.11 0.85 $52.59 $109,390
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 500 0.08 0.62 $52.08 $108,330

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)
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 60 0.25 1.90 $30.32 $63,060
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 50 0.15 1.14 $31.73 $66,000
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 50 0.29 2.19 $33.91 $70,530
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 40 0.29 2.27 $25.34 $52,710
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.16 1.20 $31.11 $64,710

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)
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 50 0.29 2.19 $33.91 $70,530
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 40 0.29 2.27 $25.34 $52,710
Southwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 30 0.27 2.07 $33.74 $70,180
East Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 40 0.27 2.09 $28.51 $59,290
South Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 1.90 $25.92 $53,920

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)
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.19 1.43 $37.27 $77,510
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.18 1.39 $36.80 $76,550
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.10 0.77 $35.79 $74,440
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 30 0.16 1.22 $34.62 $72,010
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 50 0.29 2.19 $33.91 $70,530


About May 2018 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.

(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 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019