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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Nuclear Engineers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
15,700 4.1 % $ 60.16 $ 125,130 2.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for Nuclear Engineers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 35.96 $ 44.44 $ 55.84 $ 68.75 $ 89.21
Annual Wage (2) $ 74,800 $ 92,440 $ 116,140 $ 143,000 $ 185,550


Industry profile for Nuclear Engineers: Top

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 5,240 1.38 $ 62.05 $ 129,070
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 2,830 0.14 $ 48.49 $ 100,860
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,580 0.34 $ 75.26 $ 156,530
Waste Treatment and Disposal 1,110 1.13 $ 54.81 $ 114,010
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 920 0.06 $ 67.07 $ 139,510

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 5,240 1.38 $ 62.05 $ 129,070
Waste Treatment and Disposal 1,110 1.13 $ 54.81 $ 114,010
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,580 0.34 $ 75.26 $ 156,530
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 2,830 0.14 $ 48.49 $ 100,860
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 920 0.06 $ 67.07 $ 139,510

Top paying industries for Nuclear Engineers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 50 0.01 $ 84.37 $ 175,490
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,580 0.34 $ 75.26 $ 156,530
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 300 0.02 $ 74.71 $ 155,390
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 920 0.06 $ 67.07 $ 139,510
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 5,240 1.38 $ 62.05 $ 129,070


Geographic profile for Nuclear Engineers: Top

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.





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 2,480 0.67 5.93 $ 46.36 $ 96,420
South Carolina 1,390 0.69 6.12 $ 51.68 $ 107,490
New Mexico 850 1.09 9.62 (8) (8)
Michigan 850 0.22 1.92 (8) (8)
Pennsylvania 770 0.14 1.23 $ 57.61 $ 119,830




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 850 1.09 9.62 (8) (8)
Idaho 670 0.93 8.24 $ 67.78 $ 140,990
South Carolina 1,390 0.69 6.12 $ 51.68 $ 107,490
Virginia 2,480 0.67 5.93 $ 46.36 $ 96,420
Connecticut 630 0.41 3.64 $ 56.04 $ 116,560




Top paying states for Nuclear Engineers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 500 0.03 0.27 $ 72.03 $ 149,830
Arizona (8) (8) (8) $ 71.41 $ 148,540
Nevada (8) (8) (8) $ 68.05 $ 141,540
Idaho 670 0.93 8.24 $ 67.78 $ 140,990
Utah 40 0.03 0.23 $ 66.81 $ 138,970





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)
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 760 3.41 30.18 $ 53.99 $ 112,300
Idaho Falls, ID 610 8.86 78.47 $ 67.08 $ 139,530
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 510 0.17 1.51 $ 62.42 $ 129,830
Knoxville, TN 390 1.03 9.15 (8) (8)
Portsmouth, NH-ME 390 4.32 38.27 $ 45.94 $ 95,550
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 340 0.28 2.48 $ 54.10 $ 112,530
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 210 0.08 0.72 $ 67.34 $ 140,060
Richmond, VA 210 0.33 2.95 $ 57.60 $ 119,800
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 160 0.09 0.78 $ 57.57 $ 119,740
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 160 0.04 0.32 $ 63.07 $ 131,180




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 610 8.86 78.47 $ 67.08 $ 139,530
Portsmouth, NH-ME 390 4.32 38.27 $ 45.94 $ 95,550
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 760 3.41 30.18 $ 53.99 $ 112,300
Lynchburg, VA 120 1.28 11.36 $ 49.91 $ 103,800
Knoxville, TN 390 1.03 9.15 (8) (8)
Richmond, VA 210 0.33 2.95 $ 57.60 $ 119,800
Chattanooga, TN-GA 80 0.31 2.78 $ 62.01 $ 128,980
Columbia, SC 110 0.30 2.63 $ 52.54 $ 109,280
Syracuse, NY 80 0.29 2.57 $ 59.97 $ 124,730
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 340 0.28 2.48 $ 54.10 $ 112,530




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)
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 210 0.08 0.72 $ 67.34 $ 140,060
Idaho Falls, ID 610 8.86 78.47 $ 67.08 $ 139,530
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 65.71 $ 136,680
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 160 0.04 0.32 $ 63.07 $ 131,180
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 510 0.17 1.51 $ 62.42 $ 129,830
Chattanooga, TN-GA 80 0.31 2.78 $ 62.01 $ 128,980
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 40 0.01 0.12 $ 60.72 $ 126,300
Syracuse, NY 80 0.29 2.57 $ 59.97 $ 124,730
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 140 0.02 0.14 $ 58.20 $ 121,060
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI (8) (8) (8) $ 57.85 $ 120,330

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)
Northern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 550 7.00 62.01 (8) (8)
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 150 1.22 10.81 $ 56.38 $ 117,270
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 50 0.47 4.14 $ 66.49 $ 138,300
East Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 40 0.35 3.10 $ 58.11 $ 120,860

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)
Northern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 550 7.00 62.01 (8) (8)
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 150 1.22 10.81 $ 56.38 $ 117,270
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 50 0.47 4.14 $ 66.49 $ 138,300
East Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 40 0.35 3.10 $ 58.11 $ 120,860

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)
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 50 0.47 4.14 $ 66.49 $ 138,300
West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 63.00 $ 131,040
East Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 40 0.35 3.10 $ 58.11 $ 120,860
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 150 1.22 10.81 $ 56.38 $ 117,270


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.

(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