Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
20,480 1.8 % $34.06 $70,840 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $24.31 $28.84 $33.74 $39.76 $44.87
Annual Wage (2) $50,560 $59,980 $70,180 $82,690 $93,320


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 13,460 0.26 $33.97 $70,650
Offices of Physicians 4,460 0.19 $34.65 $72,070
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 1,300 0.55 $32.34 $67,270
Outpatient Care Centers 360 0.06 $35.00 $72,800
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 260 0.01 $38.10 $79,260

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 1,300 0.55 $32.34 $67,270
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 13,460 0.26 $33.97 $70,650
Offices of Physicians 4,460 0.19 $34.65 $72,070
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 190 0.08 $35.74 $74,340
Outpatient Care Centers 360 0.06 $35.00 $72,800

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 260 0.01 $38.10 $79,260
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 190 0.08 $35.74 $74,340
Outpatient Care Centers 360 0.06 $35.00 $72,800
Offices of Physicians 4,460 0.19 $34.65 $72,070
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 13,460 0.26 $33.97 $70,650


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 2,090 0.29 1.83 $32.94 $68,520
California 1,550 0.11 0.69 $44.19 $91,920
Texas 1,300 0.12 0.78 $32.23 $67,040
New York 1,110 0.13 0.82 $36.77 $76,480
Pennsylvania 1,080 0.19 1.23 $30.61 $63,660




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 160 0.40 2.52 $27.51 $57,230
West Virginia 220 0.30 1.93 $25.97 $54,030
Florida 2,090 0.29 1.83 $32.94 $68,520
Connecticut 390 0.24 1.53 $39.13 $81,380
Maryland 570 0.23 1.44 $37.51 $78,030




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 1,550 0.11 0.69 $44.19 $91,920
Rhode Island 70 0.15 0.94 $43.17 $89,790
District of Columbia 50 0.07 0.45 $40.10 $83,400
New Jersey 680 0.18 1.14 $39.34 $81,830
Washington 430 0.16 0.99 $39.28 $81,710





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-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 600 0.12 0.74 $38.57 $80,230
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 460 0.22 1.39 $30.50 $63,450
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 450 0.44 2.80 $34.25 $71,240
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 440 0.12 0.77 $34.86 $72,520
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 410 0.11 0.67 $44.06 $91,640
Baltimore-Towson, MD 320 0.25 1.62 $38.04 $79,130
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 310 0.17 1.10 $33.87 $70,440
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 290 0.17 1.08 $35.90 $74,660
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 290 0.29 1.86 $32.64 $67,900
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 280 0.25 1.61 $32.32 $67,220




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)
Punta Gorda, FL 40 1.03 6.52 $28.57 $59,420
Barnstable Town, MA 90 0.94 5.98 $36.90 $76,750
Sioux Falls, SD 100 0.73 4.63 $26.48 $55,080
Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL 30 0.62 3.96 $29.57 $61,500
Danbury, CT 40 0.58 3.69 $41.26 $85,830
Morgantown, WV 30 0.54 3.44 $25.93 $53,930
Alexandria, LA 30 0.51 3.28 $32.92 $68,480
Monroe, LA 40 0.48 3.05 $35.05 $72,910
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 450 0.44 2.80 $34.25 $71,240
Ann Arbor, MI 70 0.37 2.34 $32.18 $66,930




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)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 40 0.04 0.27 $55.25 $114,930
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 60 0.06 0.40 $53.74 $111,770
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA (8) (8) (8) $50.21 $104,430
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 100 0.12 0.79 $49.93 $103,860
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 180 0.13 0.81 $45.81 $95,280
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 410 0.11 0.67 $44.06 $91,640
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 90 0.08 0.51 $43.51 $90,500
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 180 0.13 0.80 $42.22 $87,820
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA 90 0.17 1.07 $42.16 $87,690
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 40 0.18 1.12 $41.94 $87,230

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)
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 90 0.39 2.50 $31.65 $65,830
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.18 1.13 $27.95 $58,130
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 60 0.19 1.21 $31.82 $66,190
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 50 0.31 1.96 $30.01 $62,420
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 50 0.19 1.19 $30.43 $63,300

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)
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 90 0.39 2.50 $31.65 $65,830
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.36 2.27 $26.43 $54,970
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 50 0.31 1.96 $30.01 $62,420
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 40 0.28 1.79 $28.94 $60,200
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.28 1.77 $26.76 $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)
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 1.45 $33.81 $70,320
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.15 0.94 $32.51 $67,620
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 30 0.16 1.03 $32.13 $66,830
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 60 0.19 1.21 $31.82 $66,190
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 90 0.39 2.50 $31.65 $65,830


About May 2012 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 mean 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013