Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
16,880 5.0 % $50.99 $106,060 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $32.04 $39.72 $49.49 $59.10 $73.18
Annual Wage (2) $66,650 $82,630 $102,950 $122,930 $152,220


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 7,250 1.85 $49.65 $103,270
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,670 0.13 $44.72 $93,020
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,240 0.35 $58.93 $122,570
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,690 0.12 $54.34 $113,020
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 440 0.04 $57.00 $118,560

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 7,250 1.85 $49.65 $103,270
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,240 0.35 $58.93 $122,570
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,670 0.13 $44.72 $93,020
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,690 0.12 $54.34 $113,020
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 270 0.10 $53.06 $110,350

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer Systems Design and Related Services (8) (8) $65.73 $136,720
Employment Services 330 0.01 $62.93 $130,900
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,240 0.35 $58.93 $122,570
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 440 0.04 $57.00 $118,560
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,690 0.12 $54.34 $113,020


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 2,470 0.67 5.48 $42.46 $88,310
Pennsylvania 2,140 0.37 3.06 $44.32 $92,180
Washington 1,220 0.41 3.34 $45.98 $95,630
South Carolina 1,060 0.55 4.50 $47.14 $98,060
California 810 0.05 0.42 $67.53 $140,470



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)
Virginia 2,470 0.67 5.48 $42.46 $88,310
New Mexico 450 0.56 4.59 $80.46 $167,350
South Carolina 1,060 0.55 4.50 $47.14 $98,060
Washington 1,220 0.41 3.34 $45.98 $95,630
Idaho 250 0.40 3.24 $56.39 $117,280



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Mexico 450 0.56 4.59 $80.46 $167,350
District of Columbia 90 0.14 1.14 $71.98 $149,720
California 810 0.05 0.42 $67.53 $140,470
Alabama (8) (8) (8) $59.68 $124,140
Tennessee 720 0.26 2.09 $59.34 $123,440




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)
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 1,440 1.97 16.13 $39.04 $81,190
Pittsburgh, PA 870 0.77 6.28 $43.22 $89,900
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 710 0.30 2.42 $51.02 $106,110
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 440 0.12 1.01 $60.31 $125,450
Knoxville, TN 410 1.09 8.88 $63.54 $132,150
Kennewick-Richland, WA 350 3.43 28.00 $54.23 $112,810
Portsmouth, NH-ME 290 3.33 27.21 $41.83 $87,010
Charleston-North Charleston, SC 230 0.71 5.80 $43.22 $89,890
Idaho Falls, ID 210 3.43 28.06 $56.59 $117,700
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 200 0.03 0.25 $51.49 $107,100



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)
Kennewick-Richland, WA 350 3.43 28.00 $54.23 $112,810
Idaho Falls, ID 210 3.43 28.06 $56.59 $117,700
Portsmouth, NH-ME 290 3.33 27.21 $41.83 $87,010
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 1,440 1.97 16.13 $39.04 $81,190
Knoxville, TN 410 1.09 8.88 $63.54 $132,150
Pittsburgh, PA 870 0.77 6.28 $43.22 $89,900
Charleston-North Charleston, SC 230 0.71 5.80 $43.22 $89,890
Columbia, SC 180 0.50 4.05 $48.16 $100,170
Albuquerque, NM 170 0.46 3.79 (8) (8)
Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC 70 0.44 3.63 $46.95 $97,650



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)
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO (8) (8) (8) $82.89 $172,410
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ (8) (8) (8) $68.11 $141,670
Knoxville, TN 410 1.09 8.88 $63.54 $132,150
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 440 0.12 1.01 $60.31 $125,450
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $60.02 $124,840
Idaho Falls, ID 210 3.43 28.06 $56.59 $117,700
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 30 0.07 0.57 $55.35 $115,130
Kennewick-Richland, WA 350 3.43 28.00 $54.23 $112,810
Syracuse, NY (8) (8) (8) $54.03 $112,390
Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI (8) (8) (8) $53.26 $110,770

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)
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 110 0.83 6.78 (8) (8)

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)
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 110 0.83 6.78 (8) (8)


About May 2015 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016