Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

29-2033 Nuclear Medicine Technologists

Prepare, administer, and measure radioactive isotopes in therapeutic, diagnostic, and tracer studies using a variety of radioisotope equipment. Prepare stock solutions of radioactive materials and calculate doses to be administered by radiologists. Subject patients to radiation. Execute blood volume, red cell survival, and fat absorption studies following standard laboratory techniques.


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)
18,930 1.4 % $37.33 $77,660 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $26.16 $31.08 $36.38 $43.54 $49.84
Annual Wage (2) $54,410 $64,640 $75,660 $90,550 $103,660


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)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 13,790 0.25 $37.16 $77,280
Offices of Physicians 2,930 0.11 $37.27 $77,520
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 930 0.35 $35.62 $74,090
Outpatient Care Centers 540 0.06 $47.93 $99,700
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 220 0.01 $29.11 $60,550

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 930 0.35 $35.62 $74,090
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 13,790 0.25 $37.16 $77,280
Offices of Physicians 2,930 0.11 $37.27 $77,520
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 200 0.08 $38.30 $79,670
Outpatient Care Centers 540 0.06 $47.93 $99,700

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Outpatient Care Centers 540 0.06 $47.93 $99,700
Employment Services 90 (7) $41.47 $86,260
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 200 0.08 $38.30 $79,670
Offices of Physicians 2,930 0.11 $37.27 $77,520
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 13,790 0.25 $37.16 $77,280


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)
Florida 1,730 0.21 1.55 $34.23 $71,190
California 1,590 0.10 0.72 $52.87 $109,980
New York 1,150 0.13 0.94 $40.64 $84,540
Texas 1,030 0.09 0.65 $36.69 $76,310
Ohio 830 0.15 1.16 $33.32 $69,300




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)
South Dakota 150 0.35 2.66 $29.07 $60,470
West Virginia 170 0.25 1.87 $28.57 $59,420
Mississippi 240 0.22 1.65 $30.94 $64,360
Louisiana 410 0.22 1.64 $31.31 $65,130
Tennessee 610 0.21 1.57 $30.62 $63,700




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 1,590 0.10 0.72 $52.87 $109,980
District of Columbia 50 0.07 0.52 $44.42 $92,390
New Jersey 580 0.14 1.08 $44.13 $91,790
Washington 380 0.12 0.89 $43.49 $90,460
Hawaii 60 0.10 0.76 $42.91 $89,260



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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)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 740 0.11 0.83 $43.34 $90,140
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 420 0.11 0.87 $39.33 $81,800
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 370 0.08 0.62 $49.48 $102,920
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 310 0.28 2.08 $32.89 $68,400
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 290 0.10 0.75 $38.25 $79,550
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 280 0.11 0.81 $36.83 $76,610
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 260 0.14 1.08 $37.56 $78,120
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 250 0.21 1.57 $33.18 $69,010
St. Louis, MO-IL 250 0.18 1.37 $35.78 $74,430
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 230 0.09 0.70 $40.46 $84,150


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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)
Sioux Falls, SD 100 0.69 5.20 $28.09 $58,420
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL 70 0.41 3.06 $39.92 $83,040
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 50 0.38 2.89 $27.87 $57,970
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 50 0.37 2.80 $59.39 $123,540
Canton-Massillon, OH 60 0.37 2.81 $31.94 $66,420
Lafayette, LA 70 0.36 2.68 $31.37 $65,250
Chattanooga, TN-GA 80 0.35 2.60 $33.46 $69,600
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 60 0.33 2.52 $32.04 $66,640
Ocala, FL 30 0.33 2.50 $30.37 $63,170
Tacoma-Lakewood, WA Metropolitan Division 90 0.31 2.36 $44.66 $92,900


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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)
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 100 0.11 0.79 $59.63 $124,020
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 50 0.37 2.80 $59.39 $123,540
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 80 0.08 0.57 $58.29 $121,250
Stockton-Lodi, CA 40 0.16 1.20 $57.28 $119,140
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA (8) (8) (8) $56.31 $117,120
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 130 0.11 0.85 $54.91 $114,210
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 50 0.18 1.32 $53.07 $110,380
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 110 0.08 0.60 $51.97 $108,110
Fresno, CA 40 0.11 0.82 $51.64 $107,410
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 120 0.07 0.54 $50.56 $105,160

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)
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 60 0.18 1.38 $32.25 $67,080
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 50 0.30 2.25 $33.13 $68,920
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 50 0.21 1.58 $30.92 $64,300
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.13 0.99 $30.50 $63,440
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.13 1.00 $32.16 $66,900

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)
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 50 0.30 2.25 $33.13 $68,920
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 30 0.24 1.77 $26.37 $54,840
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 50 0.21 1.58 $30.92 $64,300
Southern Ohio non-metropolitan area 30 0.20 1.51 $31.49 $65,490
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 30 0.20 1.54 $26.77 $55,670

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)
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 30 0.16 1.19 $35.60 $74,040
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 50 0.30 2.25 $33.13 $68,920
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 60 0.18 1.38 $32.25 $67,080
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.13 1.00 $32.16 $66,900
Southern Ohio non-metropolitan area 30 0.20 1.51 $31.49 $65,490


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.

(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 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