Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
15,980 4.3 % $53.26 $110,790 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $32.96 $41.27 $51.73 $62.02 $78.06
Annual Wage (2) $68,560 $85,840 $107,600 $129,000 $162,360


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 6,120 1.56 $51.86 $107,880
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,670 0.13 $45.44 $94,510
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,500 0.37 $59.47 $123,690
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,070 0.07 $63.50 $132,080
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 550 0.04 $71.71 $149,150

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 6,120 1.56 $51.86 $107,880
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,500 0.37 $59.47 $123,690
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,670 0.13 $45.44 $94,510
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,070 0.07 $63.50 $132,080
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 550 0.04 $71.71 $149,150

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 550 0.04 $71.71 $149,150
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,070 0.07 $63.50 $132,080
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services (8) (8) $60.41 $125,650
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,500 0.37 $59.47 $123,690
Management of Companies and Enterprises 130 0.01 $51.98 $108,120


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 2,350 0.61 5.56 $41.99 $87,340
South Carolina 1,010 0.49 4.43 $48.76 $101,420
Pennsylvania 960 0.16 1.49 $55.65 $115,760
New Mexico 760 0.94 8.47 $65.53 $136,310
Connecticut 710 0.43 3.86 $54.06 $112,430




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 760 0.94 8.47 $65.53 $136,310
Idaho 440 0.63 5.71 $61.67 $128,270
Virginia 2,350 0.61 5.56 $41.99 $87,340
South Carolina 1,010 0.49 4.43 $48.76 $101,420
Connecticut 710 0.43 3.86 $54.06 $112,430




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland 500 0.18 1.68 $66.31 $137,930
New Mexico 760 0.94 8.47 $65.53 $136,310
California 530 0.03 0.28 $63.55 $132,180
Idaho 440 0.63 5.71 $61.67 $128,270
Tennessee 610 0.21 1.86 $60.72 $126,300





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)
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 460 0.38 3.44 $49.59 $103,150
Knoxville, TN 460 1.19 10.80 $59.88 $124,550
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 410 0.30 2.73 (8) (8)
Idaho Falls, ID 390 5.89 53.32 $60.68 $126,210
Portsmouth, NH-ME 350 3.73 33.84 $42.88 $89,190
Richmond, VA 280 0.43 3.88 $42.40 $88,200
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 270 0.06 0.53 $57.91 $120,450
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 220 0.07 0.64 $71.29 $148,290
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 210 0.08 0.68 $61.61 $128,150
Baton Rouge, LA 140 0.35 3.16 $46.03 $95,740




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 390 5.89 53.32 $60.68 $126,210
Portsmouth, NH-ME 350 3.73 33.84 $42.88 $89,190
Knoxville, TN 460 1.19 10.80 $59.88 $124,550
Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC 90 0.56 5.05 $53.99 $112,300
Richmond, VA 280 0.43 3.88 $42.40 $88,200
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 460 0.38 3.44 $49.59 $103,150
Baton Rouge, LA 140 0.35 3.16 $46.03 $95,740
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 70 0.31 2.84 $46.56 $96,840
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 410 0.30 2.73 (8) (8)
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 90 0.27 2.41 $56.30 $117,100




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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 220 0.07 0.64 $71.29 $148,290
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ (8) (8) (8) $68.20 $141,850
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 80 0.05 0.47 $67.15 $139,670
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA (8) (8) (8) $65.56 $136,370
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 210 0.08 0.68 $61.61 $128,150
Idaho Falls, ID 390 5.89 53.32 $60.68 $126,210
Knoxville, TN 460 1.19 10.80 $59.88 $124,550
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 270 0.06 0.53 $57.91 $120,450
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 90 0.27 2.41 $56.30 $117,100
Pittsburgh, PA (8) (8) (8) $55.80 $116,070

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 560 7.05 63.86 $67.40 $140,190
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 170 1.23 11.17 $54.53 $113,420

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 560 7.05 63.86 $67.40 $140,190
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 170 1.23 11.17 $54.53 $113,420

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)
Northern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 560 7.05 63.86 $67.40 $140,190
Nevada nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $66.53 $138,380
West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $60.77 $126,410
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 170 1.23 11.17 $54.53 $113,420


About May 2018 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 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019