Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
19,650 1.5 % $36.52 $75,960 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $25.69 $30.25 $35.75 $42.60 $48.96
Annual Wage (2) $53,440 $62,910 $74,350 $88,610 $101,850


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 13,980 0.26 $36.49 $75,900
Offices of Physicians 3,340 0.13 $36.37 $75,660
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 1,120 0.42 $35.05 $72,900
Outpatient Care Centers 420 0.05 $46.16 $96,000
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 230 0.01 $29.11 $60,540

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 1,120 0.42 $35.05 $72,900
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 13,980 0.26 $36.49 $75,900
Offices of Physicians 3,340 0.13 $36.37 $75,660
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 200 0.08 $39.21 $81,560
Outpatient Care Centers 420 0.05 $46.16 $96,000

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Outpatient Care Centers 420 0.05 $46.16 $96,000
Employment Services 90 (7) $39.67 $82,500
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 200 0.08 $39.21 $81,560
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 13,980 0.26 $36.49 $75,900
Offices of Physicians 3,340 0.13 $36.37 $75,660


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 1,660 0.20 1.44 $34.30 $71,330
California 1,600 0.10 0.72 $51.30 $106,700
Texas 1,330 0.11 0.81 $36.12 $75,120
New York 1,260 0.14 0.99 $39.69 $82,560
Ohio 910 0.17 1.21 $32.97 $68,580




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 0.36 2.54 $28.15 $58,550
Tennessee 670 0.23 1.65 $29.76 $61,890
Louisiana 420 0.22 1.56 $31.40 $65,320
West Virginia 150 0.21 1.52 $28.70 $59,690
Massachusetts 730 0.21 1.51 $37.92 $78,880




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 1,600 0.10 0.72 $51.30 $106,700
Washington 380 0.12 0.88 $43.52 $90,530
District of Columbia 50 0.06 0.46 $42.50 $88,400
New Jersey 550 0.14 1.00 $42.30 $87,980
Hawaii 80 0.12 0.87 $42.09 $87,540





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 800 0.12 0.87 $42.61 $88,630
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 510 0.14 0.99 $36.93 $76,820
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 360 0.09 0.62 $48.84 $101,600
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 350 0.36 2.54 $35.90 $74,680
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 270 0.15 1.06 $37.23 $77,430
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 260 0.10 0.74 $40.13 $83,460
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 250 0.22 1.60 $32.57 $67,740
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 240 0.10 0.68 $36.34 $75,580
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 240 0.08 0.59 $37.08 $77,120
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 240 0.33 2.36 $31.58 $65,680




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 0.65 4.63 $27.17 $56,520
Peabody-Salem-Beverly, MA NECTA Division 40 0.43 3.04 $35.15 $73,110
Canton-Massillon, OH 70 0.42 2.97 $30.74 $63,940
Tulsa, OK 160 0.37 2.67 $29.42 $61,190
Charlottesville, VA 40 0.37 2.67 $36.76 $76,460
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 350 0.36 2.54 $35.90 $74,680
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 240 0.33 2.36 $31.58 $65,680
Springfield, MA-CT 100 0.32 2.29 $38.84 $80,800
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 60 0.32 2.32 $32.81 $68,230
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL 50 0.32 2.26 $36.40 $75,710




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 90 0.10 0.69 $60.21 $125,230
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 40 0.29 2.06 $59.87 $124,530
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 90 0.08 0.59 $59.46 $123,670
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 50 0.05 0.35 $58.25 $121,160
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 160 0.15 1.06 $55.31 $115,050
Modesto, CA 30 0.17 1.25 $53.03 $110,310
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 100 0.06 0.45 $51.17 $106,430
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 190 0.14 0.97 $49.72 $103,410
Fresno, CA 40 0.10 0.72 $49.52 $103,000
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA (8) (8) (8) $49.34 $102,620

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 0.17 1.24 $31.85 $66,240
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 50 0.22 1.56 $31.31 $65,130
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.14 0.99 $31.38 $65,270
Southern Ohio non-metropolitan area 40 0.25 1.75 $31.60 $65,740
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.17 1.22 $28.38 $59,030

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)
Southern Ohio non-metropolitan area 40 0.25 1.75 $31.60 $65,740
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.23 1.65 $28.43 $59,130
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 50 0.22 1.56 $31.31 $65,130
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 60 0.17 1.24 $31.85 $66,240
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.17 1.22 $28.38 $59,030

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)
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 60 0.17 1.24 $31.85 $66,240
Southern Ohio non-metropolitan area 40 0.25 1.75 $31.60 $65,740
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.14 1.02 $31.43 $65,360
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.14 0.99 $31.38 $65,270
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 50 0.22 1.56 $31.31 $65,130


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