Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
18,610 8.2 % $48.80 $101,500 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $32.33 $40.00 $48.04 $56.72 $68.41
Annual Wage (2) $67,250 $83,200 $99,920 $117,980 $142,290


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 6,760 1.71 $47.93 $99,700
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,730 0.13 $45.50 $94,630
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 2,610 0.26 $54.80 $113,980
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 2,190 0.17 $51.02 $106,130
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,330 0.22 $50.94 $105,960

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 6,760 1.71 $47.93 $99,700
Waste Treatment and Disposal 330 0.35 $50.18 $104,370
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 2,610 0.26 $54.80 $113,980
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,330 0.22 $50.94 $105,960
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 430 0.18 $43.23 $89,920

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Employment Services 150 0.01 $61.40 $127,710
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 2,610 0.26 $54.80 $113,980
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 2,190 0.17 $51.02 $106,130
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,330 0.22 $50.94 $105,960
Waste Treatment and Disposal 330 0.35 $50.18 $104,370


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)
California 3,180 0.23 1.55 $53.43 $111,140
Virginia 1,950 0.55 3.78 $42.35 $88,090
Pennsylvania 1,640 0.30 2.05 $48.24 $100,350
Tennessee 1,520 0.59 4.04 $52.49 $109,180
Washington 1,210 0.45 3.07 $44.54 $92,640




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)
Tennessee 1,520 0.59 4.04 $52.49 $109,180
Virginia 1,950 0.55 3.78 $42.35 $88,090
Washington 1,210 0.45 3.07 $44.54 $92,640
Idaho 240 0.41 2.77 $59.55 $123,860
South Carolina 590 0.34 2.32 $43.49 $90,470




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 170 0.27 1.82 $68.72 $142,930
Idaho 240 0.41 2.77 $59.55 $123,860
Wisconsin (8) (8) (8) $58.70 $122,100
Kansas (8) (8) (8) $54.12 $112,580
Maryland 350 0.14 0.97 $53.66 $111,610

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)
Pittsburgh, PA 820 0.75 5.12 $47.06 $97,890
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 820 0.23 1.57 $54.18 $112,700
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 660 0.53 3.62 $51.82 $107,770
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 500 5.22 35.62 $47.80 $99,430
Knoxville, TN 410 1.29 8.83 $52.13 $108,430
Portsmouth, NH-ME 290 5.39 36.79 $41.91 $87,170
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 220 1.10 7.54 $42.06 $87,490
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 200 0.12 0.84 $49.05 $102,010
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 180 0.04 0.25 $49.58 $103,120
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 170 0.39 2.66 $47.06 $97,880




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 290 5.39 36.79 $41.91 $87,170
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 500 5.22 35.62 $47.80 $99,430
Knoxville, TN 410 1.29 8.83 $52.13 $108,430
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 220 1.10 7.54 $42.06 $87,490
Pittsburgh, PA 820 0.75 5.12 $47.06 $97,890
Idaho Falls, ID 30 0.65 4.45 $81.79 $170,120
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 660 0.53 3.62 $51.82 $107,770
Columbia, SC 140 0.43 2.90 $40.27 $83,760
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 170 0.39 2.66 $47.06 $97,880
Syracuse, NY 80 0.27 1.87 $45.38 $94,390




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)
Idaho Falls, ID 30 0.65 4.45 $81.79 $170,120
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 60 0.02 0.15 $65.69 $136,630
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $59.38 $123,520
Baltimore-Towson, MD (8) (8) (8) $59.38 $123,510
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 110 0.20 1.36 $58.59 $121,870
Madison, WI (8) (8) (8) $58.09 $120,820
Albuquerque, NM 100 0.26 1.80 $57.27 $119,120
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA (8) (8) (8) $56.76 $118,050
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $54.99 $114,390
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 820 0.23 1.57 $54.18 $112,700

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)
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 190 3.99 27.28 $52.64 $109,500
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 130 7.99 54.58 $43.27 $90,000
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 120 0.90 6.13 $45.67 $94,990
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 100 0.98 6.67 $43.42 $90,320
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 90 0.87 5.91 $47.71 $99,240

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 130 7.99 54.58 $43.27 $90,000
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 190 3.99 27.28 $52.64 $109,500
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 100 0.98 6.67 $43.42 $90,320
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 120 0.90 6.13 $45.67 $94,990
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 90 0.87 5.91 $47.71 $99,240

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)
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 190 3.99 27.28 $52.64 $109,500
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 90 0.87 5.91 $47.71 $99,240
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 120 0.90 6.13 $45.67 $94,990
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 100 0.98 6.67 $43.42 $90,320
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 130 7.99 54.58 $43.27 $90,000


About May 2010 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 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011

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