Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

29-2033 Nuclear Medicine Technologists

Prepare, administer, and measure radioactive isotopes in therapeutic, diagnostic, and tracer studies utilizing 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.

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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)
17,090 3.4 % $25.13 $52,260 5.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.24 $19.93 $23.44 $27.50 $33.03
Annual Wage (2) $35,870 $41,460 $48,750 $57,200 $68,710

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
General medical and surgical hospitals 11,780 $23.52 $48,920 1 7
Offices of physicians 3,660 $31.12 $64,730 2 1
Medical and diagnostic laboratories 630 $24.50 $50,960 3 6
Other hospitals 250 $25.76 $53,570 4 3
Federal government (OES designation) 90 $24.64 $51,250 5 5

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Offices of physicians 3,660 $31.12 $64,730 2 1
Outpatient care centers 80 $30.27 $62,970 6 2
Other hospitals 250 $25.76 $53,570 4 3
Colleges and universities 50 $25.13 $52,280 7 4
Federal government (OES designation) 90 $24.64 $51,250 5 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
District of Columbia 170 $23.64 $49,180 0.029% 176
North Carolina 800 $19.33 $40,200 0.022% 210
West Virginia 140 $20.20 $42,020 0.021% 143
Rhode Island 100 $25.76 $53,580 0.021% 108
Ohio 1,050 $20.22 $42,050 0.020% 224

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Connecticut 250 $29.14 $60,600 0.015% 115
New Jersey 660 $28.15 $58,540 0.017% 150
California 1,180 $28.11 $58,470 0.008% 166
Maryland 430 $28.02 $58,270 0.018% 101
Washington 310 $25.79 $53,640 0.012% 152

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Sioux Falls, SD MSA 50 $19.86 $41,300 0.044%
New Haven-Meriden, CT PMSA 80 $31.57 $65,660 0.032%
Corpus Christi, TX MSA 50 $22.19 $46,160 0.032%
Memphis, TN-AR-MS MSA 160 $20.16 $41,940 0.028%
Melbourne-Titusville-Palm Bay, FL MSA 50 $22.30 $46,390 0.028%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Middlesex-Somerset-Hunterdon, NJ PMSA 80 $32.03 $66,630 0.013%
New Haven-Meriden, CT PMSA 80 $31.57 $65,660 0.032%
Monmouth-Ocean, NJ PMSA 70 $31.33 $65,170 0.018%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 80 $29.95 $62,300 0.008%
Oakland, CA PMSA 100 $29.94 $62,280 0.010%

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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) Data for detailed occupations does not sum to the totals because the totals include data for 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.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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