Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
16,520 4.8 % $50.30 $104,630 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $32.16 $39.15 $48.30 $57.79 $72.94
Annual Wage (2) $66,890 $81,440 $100,470 $120,210 $151,710


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 6,950 1.78 $48.84 $101,580
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,740 0.43 $54.70 $113,780
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,590 0.13 $45.24 $94,100
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,610 0.12 $54.26 $112,860
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 520 0.04 $55.58 $115,620

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 6,950 1.78 $48.84 $101,580
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,740 0.43 $54.70 $113,780
Waste Treatment and Disposal 160 0.17 $51.38 $106,870
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,590 0.13 $45.24 $94,100
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,610 0.12 $54.26 $112,860

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Employment Services 360 0.01 $70.58 $146,810
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 520 0.04 $55.58 $115,620
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,740 0.43 $54.70 $113,780
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,610 0.12 $54.26 $112,860
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 270 0.10 $51.71 $107,550


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 2,630 0.72 5.90 $41.83 $87,010
Pennsylvania 1,690 0.30 2.44 $45.09 $93,790
California 1,050 0.07 0.57 $62.73 $130,480
Washington 1,000 0.35 2.83 $46.20 $96,100
Tennessee 980 0.36 2.91 $59.89 $124,570



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 2,630 0.72 5.90 $41.83 $87,010
New Mexico 390 0.50 4.07 $73.90 $153,720
South Carolina 880 0.47 3.85 $44.09 $91,710
Tennessee 980 0.36 2.91 $59.89 $124,570
Washington 1,000 0.35 2.83 $46.20 $96,100



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 390 0.50 4.07 $73.90 $153,720
District of Columbia 100 0.14 1.16 $71.51 $148,730
California 1,050 0.07 0.57 $62.73 $130,480
Maryland 410 0.16 1.30 $61.10 $127,100
Tennessee 980 0.36 2.91 $59.89 $124,570




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 1,600 2.19 17.94 $38.73 $80,550
Pittsburgh, PA 710 0.63 5.13 $42.94 $89,320
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 520 0.14 1.14 $50.20 $104,410
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 330 0.06 0.51 (8) (8)
Portsmouth, NH-ME 280 4.84 39.56 $41.70 $86,730
Knoxville, TN 250 0.75 6.16 $65.71 $136,670
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 210 1.03 8.40 $40.80 $84,860
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 170 0.37 3.00 $46.01 $95,690
Florence, SC 120 1.51 12.37 $50.57 $105,190
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 120 0.20 1.68 (8) (8)



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)
Portsmouth, NH-ME 280 4.84 39.56 $41.70 $86,730
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 1,600 2.19 17.94 $38.73 $80,550
Florence, SC 120 1.51 12.37 $50.57 $105,190
Johnson City, TN 80 1.07 8.78 (8) (8)
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 210 1.03 8.40 $40.80 $84,860
Knoxville, TN 250 0.75 6.16 $65.71 $136,670
Pittsburgh, PA 710 0.63 5.13 $42.94 $89,320
Wilmington, NC 70 0.46 3.74 $50.00 $104,000
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 170 0.37 3.00 $46.01 $95,690
Huntsville, AL 70 0.32 2.60 (8) (8)



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)
Knoxville, TN 250 0.75 6.16 $65.71 $136,670
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $54.30 $112,950
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 40 0.08 0.68 $53.50 $111,290
Baltimore-Towson, MD (8) (8) (8) $53.27 $110,810
Green Bay, WI (8) (8) (8) $53.12 $110,490
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $52.42 $109,040
Norwich-New London, CT-RI (8) (8) (8) $52.06 $108,290
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $52.00 $108,160
Florence, SC 120 1.51 12.37 $50.57 $105,190
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 520 0.14 1.14 $50.20 $104,410

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)
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 160 11.10 90.81 $89.12 $185,380
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 60 0.45 3.65 $62.80 $130,620

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)
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 160 11.10 90.81 $89.12 $185,380
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 60 0.45 3.65 $62.80 $130,620

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)
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 160 11.10 90.81 $89.12 $185,380
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 60 0.45 3.65 $62.80 $130,620
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $52.36 $108,900


About May 2014 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015