Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2004

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)
15,870 8.3 % $42.94 $89,320 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $30.23 $36.02 $41.52 $49.18 $57.25
Annual Wage (2) $62,870 $74,920 $86,370 $102,290 $119,080

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 5,840 $40.60 $84,440
Scientific research and development services 3,170 $44.39 $92,320
Federal government (OES designation) 2,120 $40.91 $85,080
Architectural and engineering services 1,430 $42.44 $88,270
Waste treatment and disposal 460 $43.62 $90,720

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Management and technical consulting services (7) $54.83 $114,040
Scientific research and development services 3,170 $44.39 $92,320
Waste treatment and disposal 460 $43.62 $90,720
Local government (OES designation) 140 $43.52 $90,510
Architectural and engineering services 1,430 $42.44 $88,270

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 380 $48.89 $101,690 0.065%
South Carolina 1,070 $41.36 $86,030 0.060%
Pennsylvania 2,640 $40.04 $83,280 0.048%
Washington 850 $37.46 $77,910 0.033%
Tennessee 680 $51.45 $107,010 0.026%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Michigan 450 $60.75 $126,360 0.010%
Nevada 150 $55.88 $116,240 0.013%
Maryland 290 $52.83 $109,890 0.012%
Tennessee 680 $51.45 $107,010 0.026%
Idaho 380 $48.89 $101,690 0.065%

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 340 $43.51 $90,500 0.406%
Augusta-Aiken, GA-SC MSA 520 $43.34 $90,150 0.255%
Pittsburgh, PA MSA 1,340 $38.40 $79,870 0.124%
Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News, VA-NC MSA 480 $32.75 $68,130 0.066%
Charleston-North Charleston, SC MSA 110 $35.01 $72,830 0.041%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Knoxville, TN MSA (7) $56.66 $117,850 (7)
Las Vegas, NV-AZ MSA 150 $55.88 $116,240 0.017%
Washington, DC-MD-VA-WV PMSA 450 $54.35 $113,050 0.016%
Chicago, IL PMSA 660 $44.43 $92,410 0.017%
Monmouth-Ocean, NJ PMSA (7) $43.55 $90,590 (7)

About November 2004 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) Estimate not released.

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Last Modified Date: November 9, 2005

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