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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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:

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)
17,140 1.8 % $ 40.79 $ 84,850 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for Nuclear Medicine Technologists:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 29.11 $ 35.97 $ 37.86 $ 47.31 $ 50.74
Annual Wage (2) $ 60,550 $ 74,820 $ 78,760 $ 98,410 $ 105,530


Industry profile for Nuclear Medicine Technologists:

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 12,480 0.22 $ 40.29 $ 83,810
Offices of Physicians 2,370 0.09 $ 41.54 $ 86,400
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 1,030 0.35 $ 39.61 $ 82,380
Outpatient Care Centers 530 0.05 $ 56.06 $ 116,610
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 240 0.09 $ 40.75 $ 84,770

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 1,030 0.35 $ 39.61 $ 82,380
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 12,480 0.22 $ 40.29 $ 83,810
Offices of Physicians 2,370 0.09 $ 41.54 $ 86,400
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 240 0.09 $ 40.75 $ 84,770
Outpatient Care Centers 530 0.05 $ 56.06 $ 116,610

Top paying industries for Nuclear Medicine Technologists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Outpatient Care Centers 530 0.05 $ 56.06 $ 116,610
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 70 (7) $ 42.75 $ 88,910
Offices of Physicians 2,370 0.09 $ 41.54 $ 86,400
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 240 0.09 $ 40.75 $ 84,770
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 12,480 0.22 $ 40.29 $ 83,810


Geographic profile for Nuclear Medicine Technologists:

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.



Map of employment of nuclear medicine technologists by state, May 2021


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 1,610 0.19 1.54 $ 36.86 $ 76,670
California 1,420 0.09 0.71 $ 60.06 $ 124,930
Texas 1,040 0.09 0.70 $ 43.59 $ 90,670
Ohio 920 0.18 1.46 $ 36.19 $ 75,270
New York 880 0.10 0.84 $ 46.19 $ 96,080


Map of location quotient of nuclear medicine technologists by state, May 2021


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 130 0.31 2.51 $ 30.11 $ 62,630
Kansas 290 0.22 1.79 $ 33.37 $ 69,410
West Virginia 140 0.21 1.70 $ 31.55 $ 65,630
Florida 1,610 0.19 1.54 $ 36.86 $ 76,670
Alabama 360 0.19 1.53 $ 31.37 $ 65,240


Map of annual mean wages of nuclear medicine technologists by state, May 2021


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 1,420 0.09 0.71 $ 60.06 $ 124,930
Rhode Island 50 0.11 0.87 $ 51.28 $ 106,670
District of Columbia (8) (8) (8) $ 50.21 $ 104,450
Hawaii 40 0.07 0.57 $ 50.04 $ 104,080
Washington 260 0.08 0.67 $ 49.75 $ 103,480



Map of employment of nuclear medicine technologists by area, May 2021


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 990 0.11 0.94 $ 48.26 $ 100,370
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 570 0.13 1.11 $ 42.06 $ 87,470
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 480 0.08 0.69 $ 58.44 $ 121,560
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 410 0.17 1.39 $ 36.99 $ 76,950
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 410 0.15 1.27 $ 40.64 $ 84,540
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 330 0.13 1.05 $ 38.85 $ 80,800
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 330 0.13 1.04 $ 42.63 $ 88,670
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 300 0.10 0.84 $ 43.59 $ 90,670
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 290 0.16 1.32 $ 36.55 $ 76,030
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 290 0.14 1.12 $ 40.11 $ 83,430


Map of location quotient of nuclear medicine technologists by area, May 2021


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)
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 100 0.45 3.67 $ 38.16 $ 79,370
Dayton, OH 150 0.42 3.42 $ 36.91 $ 76,780
Charleston, WV 30 0.32 2.65 (8) (8)
Toledo, OH 80 0.30 2.44 $ 33.36 $ 69,390
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 50 0.28 2.34 $ 34.15 $ 71,030
Gainesville, FL 40 0.28 2.34 $ 35.28 $ 73,370
Canton-Massillon, OH 40 0.27 2.20 $ 35.18 $ 73,180
Port St. Lucie, FL 40 0.26 2.18 $ 34.94 $ 72,680
Jackson, MS 60 0.26 2.13 $ 34.86 $ 72,510
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 120 0.25 2.07 $ 32.36 $ 67,310


Map of annual mean wages of nuclear medicine technologists by area, May 2021


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 Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 80 0.08 0.64 $ 72.05 $ 149,860
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 170 0.07 0.61 $ 71.27 $ 148,240
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 100 0.10 0.86 $ 64.94 $ 135,080
Fresno, CA 40 0.09 0.78 $ 59.90 $ 124,580
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 130 0.09 0.77 $ 59.16 $ 123,060
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 480 0.08 0.69 $ 58.44 $ 121,560
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 140 0.07 0.61 $ 52.73 $ 109,670
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 120 0.08 0.67 $ 52.41 $ 109,010
Urban Honolulu, HI 30 0.08 0.67 $ 50.78 $ 105,610
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 280 0.10 0.79 $ 50.59 $ 105,220

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)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 100 0.26 2.17 $ 29.75 $ 61,880
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 40 0.14 1.17 $ 35.58 $ 74,000
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.16 1.31 $ 30.98 $ 64,430
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 30 0.13 1.08 $ 35.26 $ 73,340
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.13 1.10 $ 34.41 $ 71,560

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)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 100 0.26 2.17 $ 29.75 $ 61,880
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.16 1.31 $ 30.98 $ 64,430
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 40 0.14 1.17 $ 35.58 $ 74,000
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.13 1.10 $ 34.41 $ 71,560
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 30 0.13 1.08 $ 35.26 $ 73,340

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)
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 40 0.14 1.17 $ 35.58 $ 74,000
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 30 0.13 1.08 $ 35.26 $ 73,340
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.13 1.10 $ 34.41 $ 71,560
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.16 1.31 $ 30.98 $ 64,430
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 100 0.26 2.17 $ 29.75 $ 61,880


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