Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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 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)
17,680 5.2 % $50.94 $105,950 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $31.53 $39.79 $49.14 $59.82 $73.28
Annual Wage (2) $65,570 $82,770 $102,220 $124,420 $152,420


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)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 7,490 1.93 $49.78 $103,540
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,840 0.14 $44.41 $92,380
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,610 0.39 $54.19 $112,720
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,490 0.11 $58.13 $120,920
Employment Services 490 0.01 $58.51 $121,710

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 7,490 1.93 $49.78 $103,540
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,610 0.39 $54.19 $112,720
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,840 0.14 $44.41 $92,380
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,490 0.11 $58.13 $120,920
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 280 0.10 $55.82 $116,100

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer Systems Design and Related Services (8) (8) $67.03 $139,420
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 440 0.03 $66.82 $138,980
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services (8) (8) $61.85 $128,660
Employment Services 490 0.01 $58.51 $121,710
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,490 0.11 $58.13 $120,920


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)
Virginia 2,730 0.73 5.78 $41.04 $85,360
Pennsylvania 1,880 0.33 2.60 $48.65 $101,190
Washington 1,420 0.46 3.68 $46.52 $96,750
South Carolina 1,310 0.66 5.25 $48.63 $101,150
North Carolina 900 0.21 1.69 $57.32 $119,230




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)
New Mexico 820 1.01 8.04 $65.64 $136,520
Virginia 2,730 0.73 5.78 $41.04 $85,360
South Carolina 1,310 0.66 5.25 $48.63 $101,150
Washington 1,420 0.46 3.68 $46.52 $96,750
Idaho 270 0.41 3.28 $57.93 $120,490




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Mexico 820 1.01 8.04 $65.64 $136,520
Georgia 230 0.06 0.44 $62.37 $129,730
Tennessee 750 0.26 2.05 $60.39 $125,600
Alabama 200 0.10 0.83 $59.72 $124,220
California 530 0.03 0.26 $59.26 $123,260





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)
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 1,560 2.12 16.83 $39.00 $81,120
Pittsburgh, PA 820 0.73 5.76 $48.68 $101,260
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 740 0.30 2.36 $51.75 $107,640
Kennewick-Richland, WA 540 5.03 39.93 $53.96 $112,250
Knoxville, TN 460 1.19 9.49 $62.57 $130,150
Portsmouth, NH-ME 330 3.56 28.30 $40.56 $84,370
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 330 0.09 0.71 $61.58 $128,080
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 250 0.24 1.91 $54.77 $113,910
Idaho Falls, ID 230 3.69 29.28 $58.19 $121,030
Albuquerque, NM 220 0.58 4.57 (8) (8)




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)
Kennewick-Richland, WA 540 5.03 39.93 $53.96 $112,250
Idaho Falls, ID 230 3.69 29.28 $58.19 $121,030
Portsmouth, NH-ME 330 3.56 28.30 $40.56 $84,370
Florence, SC 190 2.30 18.25 $52.42 $109,030
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 1,560 2.12 16.83 $39.00 $81,120
Knoxville, TN 460 1.19 9.49 $62.57 $130,150
Pittsburgh, PA 820 0.73 5.76 $48.68 $101,260
College Station-Bryan, TX 80 0.70 5.57 (8) (8)
Albuquerque, NM 220 0.58 4.57 (8) (8)
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 180 0.37 2.95 $46.98 $97,730




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)
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ (8) (8) (8) $68.78 $143,060
Knoxville, TN 460 1.19 9.49 $62.57 $130,150
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 330 0.09 0.71 $61.58 $128,080
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 60 0.11 0.87 $61.55 $128,030
Idaho Falls, ID 230 3.69 29.28 $58.19 $121,030
Syracuse, NY (8) (8) (8) $55.38 $115,200
Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI (8) (8) (8) $54.90 $114,190
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 250 0.24 1.91 $54.77 $113,910
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $54.43 $113,220
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 90 0.28 2.23 $54.18 $112,690

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)
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 530 34.76 276.01 $65.10 $135,410
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 140 1.07 8.49 $53.55 $111,390
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 50 0.41 3.23 (8) (8)

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)
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 530 34.76 276.01 $65.10 $135,410
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 140 1.07 8.49 $53.55 $111,390
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 50 0.41 3.23 (8) (8)

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)
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 530 34.76 276.01 $65.10 $135,410
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 140 1.07 8.49 $53.55 $111,390


About May 2016 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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017