Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

19-4051 Nuclear Technicians

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


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)
6,840 5.7 % $37.41 $77,820 1.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $22.04 $29.70 $38.05 $45.68 $51.42
Annual Wage (2) $45,850 $61,780 $79,140 $95,000 $106,950


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 4,380 1.13 $39.70 $82,570
Scientific Research and Development Services 380 0.06 $32.92 $68,480
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 320 0.02 $30.76 $63,970
Employment Services 300 0.01 $36.91 $76,770
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 100 0.00 $26.52 $55,170

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 4,380 1.13 $39.70 $82,570
Scientific Research and Development Services 380 0.06 $32.92 $68,480
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 320 0.02 $30.76 $63,970
Employment Services 300 0.01 $36.91 $76,770
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 90 0.00 $36.30 $75,510

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 4,380 1.13 $39.70 $82,570
Employment Services 300 0.01 $36.91 $76,770
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 90 (7) $36.30 $75,510
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services (8) (8) $36.17 $75,240
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 60 (7) $35.87 $74,610


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)
South Carolina 900 0.45 9.30 $35.18 $73,180
Pennsylvania 870 0.15 3.12 $38.38 $79,830
Illinois 680 0.12 2.37 $43.11 $89,660
Virginia 360 0.10 1.98 $30.15 $62,710
Idaho 330 0.50 10.17 $35.36 $73,550




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)
Idaho 330 0.50 10.17 $35.36 $73,550
South Carolina 900 0.45 9.30 $35.18 $73,180
Pennsylvania 870 0.15 3.12 $38.38 $79,830
Louisiana 290 0.15 3.09 $28.77 $59,850
Illinois 680 0.12 2.37 $43.11 $89,660




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Illinois 680 0.12 2.37 $43.11 $89,660
Tennessee 240 0.08 1.70 $38.99 $81,100
Texas 270 0.02 0.48 $38.50 $80,090
Michigan 140 0.03 0.69 $38.42 $79,920
Pennsylvania 870 0.15 3.12 $38.38 $79,830





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)
Idaho Falls, ID 330 5.21 107.03 $35.34 $73,500
Pittsburgh, PA 290 0.25 5.23 $36.78 $76,510
Baton Rouge, LA 200 0.49 10.14 $27.23 $56,650
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 170 0.05 0.96 $36.50 $75,930
Kennewick-Richland, WA 30 0.30 6.26 $34.27 $71,280




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 330 5.21 107.03 $35.34 $73,500
Baton Rouge, LA 200 0.49 10.14 $27.23 $56,650
Kennewick-Richland, WA 30 0.30 6.26 $34.27 $71,280
Pittsburgh, PA 290 0.25 5.23 $36.78 $76,510
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 170 0.05 0.96 $36.50 $75,930




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)
Pittsburgh, PA 290 0.25 5.23 $36.78 $76,510
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 170 0.05 0.96 $36.50 $75,930
Idaho Falls, ID 330 5.21 107.03 $35.34 $73,500
Kennewick-Richland, WA 30 0.30 6.26 $34.27 $71,280
Baton Rouge, LA 200 0.49 10.14 $27.23 $56,650


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.

(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 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