Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
16,700 5.2 % $52.36 $108,910 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $31.92 $40.77 $50.87 $61.35 $76.60
Annual Wage (2) $66,400 $84,800 $105,810 $127,610 $159,330


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 6,700 1.72 $51.46 $107,030
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,920 0.14 $45.17 $93,950
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,480 0.38 $58.52 $121,730
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,230 0.09 $56.61 $117,750
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 520 0.04 $67.98 $141,400

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 6,700 1.72 $51.46 $107,030
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,480 0.38 $58.52 $121,730
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,920 0.14 $45.17 $93,950
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,230 0.09 $56.61 $117,750
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 50 0.04 $59.33 $123,410

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 520 0.04 $67.98 $141,400
Employment Services 490 0.01 $64.45 $134,060
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 50 0.04 $59.33 $123,410
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,480 0.38 $58.52 $121,730
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 60 0.02 $58.32 $121,300


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 2,180 0.57 4.90 $41.63 $86,580
Washington 1,400 0.44 3.75 $47.51 $98,820
Pennsylvania 1,340 0.23 1.97 $49.81 $103,600
South Carolina 1,310 0.65 5.58 $49.26 $102,470
New Mexico 800 1.00 8.50 $66.81 $138,970




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 800 1.00 8.50 $66.81 $138,970
South Carolina 1,310 0.65 5.58 $49.26 $102,470
Virginia 2,180 0.57 4.90 $41.63 $86,580
Idaho 360 0.52 4.47 $59.11 $122,950
Washington 1,400 0.44 3.75 $47.51 $98,820




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 800 1.00 8.50 $66.81 $138,970
Georgia 230 0.05 0.46 $63.57 $132,220
California 520 0.03 0.27 $62.08 $129,120
Tennessee 680 0.23 1.98 $61.12 $127,120
Idaho 360 0.52 4.47 $59.11 $122,950



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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)
Kennewick-Richland, WA 520 4.68 39.91 $54.75 $113,880
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 370 0.10 0.86 $62.29 $129,560
Portsmouth, NH-ME 350 3.78 32.25 $41.27 $85,850
Idaho Falls, ID 340 5.24 44.76 $59.21 $123,160
Pittsburgh, PA 320 0.28 2.43 $52.81 $109,850
Columbia, SC 270 0.73 6.27 $49.16 $102,250
Albuquerque, NM 210 0.54 4.64 (8) (8)
College Station-Bryan, TX 90 0.79 6.72 $22.76 $47,350
Baton Rouge, LA 80 0.21 1.81 $49.52 $103,010
Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC 80 0.49 4.16 $52.73 $109,680


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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)
Idaho Falls, ID 340 5.24 44.76 $59.21 $123,160
Kennewick-Richland, WA 520 4.68 39.91 $54.75 $113,880
Portsmouth, NH-ME 350 3.78 32.25 $41.27 $85,850
College Station-Bryan, TX 90 0.79 6.72 $22.76 $47,350
Columbia, SC 270 0.73 6.27 $49.16 $102,250
Albuquerque, NM 210 0.54 4.64 (8) (8)
Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC 80 0.49 4.16 $52.73 $109,680
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 70 0.31 2.65 $45.04 $93,680
Pittsburgh, PA 320 0.28 2.43 $52.81 $109,850
Baton Rouge, LA 80 0.21 1.81 $49.52 $103,010


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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)
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 60 0.10 0.84 $64.63 $134,430
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 370 0.10 0.86 $62.29 $129,560
Knoxville, TN (8) (8) (8) $61.27 $127,440
Idaho Falls, ID 340 5.24 44.76 $59.21 $123,160
Syracuse, NY (8) (8) (8) $57.88 $120,390
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $56.74 $118,010
Kennewick-Richland, WA 520 4.68 39.91 $54.75 $113,880
Raleigh, NC 60 0.10 0.83 $54.39 $113,130
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $53.71 $111,720
Pittsburgh, PA 320 0.28 2.43 $52.81 $109,850

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 560 34.91 298.06 $66.58 $138,490
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 140 1.06 9.06 $54.62 $113,600

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 560 34.91 298.06 $66.58 $138,490
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 140 1.06 9.06 $54.62 $113,600

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 560 34.91 298.06 $66.58 $138,490
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 140 1.06 9.06 $54.62 $113,600


About May 2017 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 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018