Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2003

17-2161 Nuclear Engineers

Conduct research on nuclear engineering problems or apply principles and theory of nuclear science to problems concerned with release, control, and utilization of nuclear energy and nuclear waste disposal.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
16,320 8.5 % $41.08 $85,440 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $28.99 $34.47 $40.03 $46.18 $55.25
Annual Wage (2) $60,300 $71,700 $83,260 $96,050 $114,920

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Power generation and supply 6,710 $39.52 $82,210
Scientific research and development services 2,420 $41.06 $85,400
Federal government (OES designation) 2,090 $38.26 $79,580
Architectural and engineering services 1,250 $42.23 $87,830
Waste treatment and disposal 700 $39.80 $82,780

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Other chemical product and preparation mfg. (7) $44.28 $92,110
Management and technical consulting services 110 $42.56 $88,520
Architectural and engineering services 1,250 $42.23 $87,830
Scientific research and development services 2,420 $41.06 $85,400
Remediation and other waste services 220 $40.05 $83,310

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
Idaho 410 $51.10 $106,280 0.073%
Pennsylvania 3,050 $39.07 $81,260 0.056%
South Carolina 920 $41.15 $85,600 0.052%
Virginia 1,050 $35.34 $73,510 0.031%
Alabama 560 $39.46 $82,080 0.031%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Michigan 450 $64.77 $134,720 0.010%
Idaho 410 $51.10 $106,280 0.073%
Maryland 320 $49.21 $102,370 0.013%
Tennessee 420 $47.89 $99,610 0.016%
Illinois 320 $44.82 $93,230 0.006%

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
Richland-Kennewick-Pasco, WA MSA 200 $42.71 $88,830 0.249%
Augusta-Aiken, GA-SC MSA 480 $42.02 $87,410 0.242%
Pittsburgh, PA MSA 1,380 $37.21 $77,400 0.129%
Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News, VA-NC MSA 490 $31.08 $64,650 0.069%
Birmingham, AL MSA 290 $41.28 $85,860 0.066%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Knoxville, TN MSA (7) $54.30 $112,950 (7)
Washington, DC-MD-VA-WV PMSA 470 $49.28 $102,500 0.017%
Chicago, IL PMSA 310 $45.28 $94,180 0.008%
New York, NY PMSA 140 $44.81 $93,200 0.004%
Albuquerque, NM MSA (7) $43.35 $90,170 (7)

About November 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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) 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.

(7) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: April 19, 2005

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