Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

29-2033 Nuclear Medicine Technologists

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


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)
21,600 2.2 % $33.20 $69,050 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $23.62 $27.81 $32.96 $38.71 $44.21
Annual Wage (2) $49,130 $57,840 $68,560 $80,520 $91,970


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)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 13,460 0.26 $33.08 $68,800
Offices of Physicians 5,440 0.24 $33.84 $70,380
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 1,320 0.58 $32.45 $67,500
Outpatient Care Centers 340 0.06 $32.30 $67,190
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 310 0.01 $35.48 $73,790

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 1,320 0.58 $32.45 $67,500
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 13,460 0.26 $33.08 $68,800
Offices of Physicians 5,440 0.24 $33.84 $70,380
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 180 0.09 $33.91 $70,530
Outpatient Care Centers 340 0.06 $32.30 $67,190

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 310 0.01 $35.48 $73,790
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 40 0.01 $34.77 $72,330
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 180 0.09 $33.91 $70,530
Offices of Physicians 5,440 0.24 $33.84 $70,380
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 100 0.01 $33.31 $69,280


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)
Florida 2,430 0.34 2.01 $31.72 $65,980
California 1,500 0.11 0.63 $43.68 $90,860
Texas 1,480 0.15 0.86 $30.53 $63,510
New York 1,230 0.15 0.87 $35.04 $72,870
Pennsylvania 1,180 0.21 1.26 $29.72 $61,810




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)
South Dakota 140 0.37 2.15 $27.67 $57,540
Maryland 890 0.36 2.14 $38.91 $80,930
Florida 2,430 0.34 2.01 $31.72 $65,980
West Virginia 210 0.31 1.79 $25.39 $52,810
Delaware 90 0.24 1.39 $32.74 $68,100




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 1,500 0.11 0.63 $43.68 $90,860
Rhode Island 70 0.16 0.94 $41.45 $86,210
Maryland 890 0.36 2.14 $38.91 $80,930
New Jersey 660 0.17 1.02 $38.73 $80,560
Washington 400 0.15 0.87 $38.55 $80,180

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)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 700 0.14 0.82 $36.24 $75,370
Baltimore-Towson, MD 640 0.52 3.03 $38.79 $80,690
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 440 0.46 2.69 $31.01 $64,510
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 390 0.19 1.14 $29.42 $61,190
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 380 0.10 0.59 $41.94 $87,230
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 380 0.15 0.90 $29.84 $62,060
Pittsburgh, PA 380 0.35 2.04 $25.28 $52,570
Orlando-Kissimmee, FL 380 0.39 2.31 $33.32 $69,310
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 370 0.11 0.62 $35.90 $74,680
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 300 0.17 0.99 $35.24 $73,290




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)
Punta Gorda, FL 40 1.11 6.52 $32.55 $67,700
Sioux Falls, SD 90 0.65 3.84 $26.86 $55,870
North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, FL 150 0.65 3.84 $31.91 $66,370
Alexandria, LA 40 0.59 3.44 $32.59 $67,790
Baltimore-Towson, MD 640 0.52 3.03 $38.79 $80,690
Panama City-Lynn Haven, FL 30 0.46 2.72 $28.09 $58,420
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 440 0.46 2.69 $31.01 $64,510
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 90 0.46 2.68 $35.04 $72,890
Canton-Massillon, OH 70 0.43 2.55 $32.34 $67,260
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 50 0.42 2.48 $23.02 $47,880




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)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 40 0.05 0.28 $53.81 $111,920
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 90 0.10 0.57 $49.18 $102,300
Modesto, CA 40 0.26 1.52 $48.41 $100,700
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 120 0.15 0.85 $47.45 $98,690
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 210 0.16 0.91 $44.85 $93,290
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 100 0.08 0.48 $44.23 $91,990
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 380 0.10 0.59 $41.94 $87,230
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 140 0.36 2.11 $41.49 $86,300
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY 40 0.16 0.91 $41.42 $86,150
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 40 0.20 1.16 $41.41 $86,130

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)
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 60 0.22 1.27 $30.28 $62,980
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 60 0.25 1.49 $30.12 $62,650
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.40 2.38 $25.61 $53,260
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 50 0.18 1.04 $27.75 $57,720
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.17 0.99 $29.54 $61,450

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)
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.40 2.38 $25.61 $53,260
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.29 1.71 $26.99 $56,140
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 1.49 $36.76 $76,470
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 60 0.25 1.49 $30.12 $62,650
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 30 0.24 1.39 $36.51 $75,940

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)
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 1.49 $36.76 $76,470
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 30 0.24 1.39 $36.51 $75,940
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 30 0.17 0.97 $33.95 $70,610
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 50 0.18 1.04 $31.06 $64,600
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 60 0.22 1.27 $30.28 $62,980


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.

(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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