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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

19-4051 Nuclear Technicians

Assist nuclear physicists, nuclear engineers, or other scientists in laboratory, power generation, or electricity production activities. May operate, maintain, or provide quality control for nuclear testing and research equipment. May monitor radiation.


National estimates for Nuclear Technicians
Industry profile for Nuclear Technicians
Geographic profile for Nuclear Technicians

National estimates for Nuclear Technicians:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Nuclear Technicians:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
5,360 4.0 % $ 45.77 $ 95,200 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for Nuclear Technicians:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 29.08 $ 37.89 $ 47.76 $ 51.09 $ 60.87
Annual Wage (2) $ 60,490 $ 78,810 $ 99,340 $ 106,260 $ 126,600


Industry profile for Nuclear Technicians:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Nuclear Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 3,190 0.85 $ 50.81 $ 105,680
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 470 0.03 $ 35.69 $ 74,240
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 80 0.00 $ 39.67 $ 82,510
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 80 0.00 $ 24.90 $ 51,790

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Nuclear Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 3,190 0.85 $ 50.81 $ 105,680
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 470 0.03 $ 35.69 $ 74,240
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 80 0.00 $ 24.90 $ 51,790
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 80 0.00 $ 39.67 $ 82,510

Top paying industries for Nuclear Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 3,190 0.85 $ 50.81 $ 105,680
Scientific Research and Development Services (8) (8) $ 41.49 $ 86,310
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 80 (7) $ 39.67 $ 82,510
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services (8) (8) $ 39.17 $ 81,460
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 470 0.03 $ 35.69 $ 74,240


Geographic profile for Nuclear Technicians:

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



Map of employment of nuclear technicians by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Nuclear Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pennsylvania 510 0.09 2.38 $ 44.53 $ 92,630
South Carolina 380 0.18 4.77 $ 44.09 $ 91,700
Georgia 330 0.08 2.01 $ 45.09 $ 93,780
Tennessee 250 0.08 2.21 $ 37.68 $ 78,370
Ohio 240 0.05 1.24 $ 40.48 $ 84,190


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


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

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Carolina 380 0.18 4.77 $ 44.09 $ 91,700
Pennsylvania 510 0.09 2.38 $ 44.53 $ 92,630
Alabama 170 0.09 2.29 $ 44.29 $ 92,120
Tennessee 250 0.08 2.21 $ 37.68 $ 78,370
Georgia 330 0.08 2.01 $ 45.09 $ 93,780


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


Top paying states for Nuclear Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Illinois 200 0.04 0.92 $ 58.18 $ 121,020
Michigan 190 0.05 1.23 $ 55.85 $ 116,160
New York 180 0.02 0.56 $ 51.54 $ 107,210
North Carolina (8) (8) (8) $ 47.94 $ 99,710
Georgia 330 0.08 2.01 $ 45.09 $ 93,780



Map of employment of nuclear technicians by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Nuclear Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pittsburgh, PA 300 0.29 7.52 $ 38.93 $ 80,970
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 170 0.77 20.34 $ 48.46 $ 100,790
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 150 0.06 1.48 $ 51.34 $ 106,790
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 50 0.13 3.43 $ 45.32 $ 94,270
Richmond, VA 40 0.07 1.80 $ 45.26 $ 94,130
Monroe, MI 40 1.00 26.22 $ 50.59 $ 105,220


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


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

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Monroe, MI 40 1.00 26.22 $ 50.59 $ 105,220
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 170 0.77 20.34 $ 48.46 $ 100,790
Pittsburgh, PA 300 0.29 7.52 $ 38.93 $ 80,970
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 50 0.13 3.43 $ 45.32 $ 94,270
Richmond, VA 40 0.07 1.80 $ 45.26 $ 94,130
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 150 0.06 1.48 $ 51.34 $ 106,790


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


Top paying metropolitan areas for Nuclear Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 150 0.06 1.48 $ 51.34 $ 106,790
Monroe, MI 40 1.00 26.22 $ 50.59 $ 105,220
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC (8) (8) (8) $ 49.17 $ 102,270
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 170 0.77 20.34 $ 48.46 $ 100,790
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 50 0.13 3.43 $ 45.32 $ 94,270
Richmond, VA 40 0.07 1.80 $ 45.26 $ 94,130
Pittsburgh, PA 300 0.29 7.52 $ 38.93 $ 80,970


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