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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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)
15,850 4.1 % $58.03 $120,700 3.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $34.55 $43.35 $54.55 $66.50 $86.27
Annual Wage (2) $71,860 $90,170 $113,460 $138,330 $179,430


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 5,620 1.46 $60.00 $124,800
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,000 0.15 $46.29 $96,280
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,190 0.31 $72.45 $150,690
Waste Treatment and Disposal 1,060 1.06 $52.67 $109,550
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 950 0.06 $65.92 $137,110

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 5,620 1.46 $60.00 $124,800
Waste Treatment and Disposal 1,060 1.06 $52.67 $109,550
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,190 0.31 $72.45 $150,690
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,000 0.15 $46.29 $96,280
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 950 0.06 $65.92 $137,110

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 410 0.03 $75.79 $157,640
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,190 0.31 $72.45 $150,690
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 950 0.06 $65.92 $137,110
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 5,620 1.46 $60.00 $124,800
Management of Companies and Enterprises 310 0.01 $57.45 $119,500


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 2,340 0.60 5.60 $44.99 $93,570
South Carolina 1,580 0.75 6.92 $50.65 $105,340
Pennsylvania 850 0.14 1.33 $55.68 $115,810
Michigan 790 0.18 1.69 (8) (8)
New Mexico 730 0.89 8.25 (8) (8)




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 730 0.89 8.25 (8) (8)
South Carolina 1,580 0.75 6.92 $50.65 $105,340
Idaho 530 0.73 6.76 $63.41 $131,900
Virginia 2,340 0.60 5.60 $44.99 $93,570
Maine 350 0.58 5.36 $42.84 $89,100




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 510 0.03 0.27 $70.42 $146,470
Arizona (8) (8) (8) $69.90 $145,400
Maryland (8) (8) (8) $68.94 $143,410
Utah 30 0.02 0.21 $66.80 $138,940
Idaho 530 0.73 6.76 $63.41 $131,900





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)
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 830 3.71 34.37 $52.74 $109,700
Idaho Falls, ID 470 6.96 64.52 $62.52 $130,050
Portsmouth, NH-ME 370 3.80 35.22 $42.65 $88,710
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 360 0.11 1.06 $69.87 $145,330
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 360 0.29 2.71 $52.06 $108,280
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 270 0.06 0.53 $59.31 $123,370
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 230 0.08 0.75 $67.92 $141,270
Richmond, VA 210 0.32 3.01 $56.37 $117,250
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 170 0.09 0.82 $56.43 $117,380
Lynchburg, VA 130 1.23 11.37 $48.86 $101,630




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 470 6.96 64.52 $62.52 $130,050
Portsmouth, NH-ME 370 3.80 35.22 $42.65 $88,710
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 830 3.71 34.37 $52.74 $109,700
Lynchburg, VA 130 1.23 11.37 $48.86 $101,630
Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC 120 0.71 6.60 $53.08 $110,410
Chattanooga, TN-GA 110 0.43 4.00 $59.23 $123,200
Richmond, VA 210 0.32 3.01 $56.37 $117,250
Columbia, SC 120 0.31 2.91 $50.53 $105,100
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 360 0.29 2.71 $52.06 $108,280
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 60 0.13 1.17 $48.80 $101,510




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) $70.39 $146,420
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 360 0.11 1.06 $69.87 $145,330
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 230 0.08 0.75 $67.92 $141,270
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 70 0.05 0.42 $65.62 $136,490
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA (8) (8) (8) $64.10 $133,330
Idaho Falls, ID 470 6.96 64.52 $62.52 $130,050
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT (8) (8) (8) $60.74 $126,340
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 30 0.01 0.12 $59.41 $123,570
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 270 0.06 0.53 $59.31 $123,370
Chattanooga, TN-GA 110 0.43 4.00 $59.23 $123,200

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)
Northern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 500 6.26 58.03 (8) (8)
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 160 1.17 10.81 $55.08 $114,560
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 90 0.61 5.64 (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)
Northern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 500 6.26 58.03 (8) (8)
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 160 1.17 10.81 $55.08 $114,560
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 90 0.61 5.64 (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)
Nevada nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $67.22 $139,820
West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $62.18 $129,330
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 160 1.17 10.81 $55.08 $114,560


About May 2019 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 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2020