Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
21,200 2.2 % $33.64 $69,960 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $23.87 $28.18 $33.39 $39.41 $44.69
Annual Wage (2) $49,640 $58,600 $69,450 $81,970 $92,960


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 13,370 0.26 $33.49 $69,660
Offices of Physicians 5,050 0.22 $34.26 $71,270
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 1,420 0.62 $33.16 $68,970
Outpatient Care Centers 300 0.05 $34.91 $72,610
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 280 0.01 $37.25 $77,480

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 1,420 0.62 $33.16 $68,970
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 13,370 0.26 $33.49 $69,660
Offices of Physicians 5,050 0.22 $34.26 $71,270
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 180 0.08 $34.16 $71,060
Outpatient Care Centers 300 0.05 $34.91 $72,610

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 280 0.01 $37.25 $77,480
Outpatient Care Centers 300 0.05 $34.91 $72,610
Offices of Physicians 5,050 0.22 $34.26 $71,270
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 180 0.08 $34.16 $71,060
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 13,370 0.26 $33.49 $69,660


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 2,410 0.34 2.04 $32.05 $66,660
California 1,580 0.11 0.68 $44.27 $92,080
Texas 1,330 0.13 0.78 $31.35 $65,200
Pennsylvania 1,160 0.21 1.26 $30.13 $62,660
New York 1,090 0.13 0.78 $35.83 $74,520




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 150 0.38 2.27 $27.93 $58,100
Florida 2,410 0.34 2.04 $32.05 $66,660
Maryland 820 0.33 1.99 $38.56 $80,200
West Virginia 210 0.30 1.83 $25.78 $53,620
Connecticut 400 0.25 1.49 $39.23 $81,600




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 1,580 0.11 0.68 $44.27 $92,080
Rhode Island 70 0.16 0.99 $41.89 $87,120
Washington 400 0.15 0.90 $39.34 $81,830
Connecticut 400 0.25 1.49 $39.23 $81,600
New Jersey 720 0.19 1.16 $38.62 $80,320





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)
Baltimore-Towson, MD 600 0.48 2.89 $38.86 $80,830
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 580 0.12 0.70 $37.69 $78,380
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 510 0.13 0.81 $42.62 $88,650
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 420 0.43 2.61 $31.68 $65,890
Pittsburgh, PA 410 0.37 2.25 $25.62 $53,280
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 400 0.11 0.67 $35.11 $73,030
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 390 0.40 2.42 $33.19 $69,040
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 360 0.18 1.07 $31.31 $65,120
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 330 0.20 1.20 $35.79 $74,450
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 320 0.13 0.76 $30.60 $63,640




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 0.95 5.76 $30.33 $63,090
Sioux Falls, SD 90 0.67 4.07 $27.27 $56,730
Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL 30 0.62 3.75 $29.44 $61,240
Alexandria, LA 40 0.60 3.61 $33.34 $69,350
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 100 0.50 3.02 $35.94 $74,760
Baltimore-Towson, MD 600 0.48 2.89 $38.86 $80,830
North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, FL 110 0.45 2.75 $31.51 $65,550
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 420 0.43 2.61 $31.68 $65,890
Canton-Massillon, OH 70 0.42 2.53 $32.46 $67,520
Monroe, LA 30 0.41 2.45 $35.96 $74,790




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 0.27 $53.97 $112,260
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 90 0.12 0.70 $51.53 $107,180
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 90 0.09 0.57 $50.54 $105,120
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 40 0.13 0.79 $49.21 $102,350
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 200 0.14 0.87 $45.74 $95,140
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 510 0.13 0.81 $42.62 $88,650
Fresno, CA (8) (8) (8) $42.57 $88,550
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 80 0.07 0.42 $42.15 $87,680
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY 40 0.17 1.02 $41.68 $86,690
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 170 0.12 0.73 $41.27 $85,850

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)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.17 1.06 $26.65 $55,440
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 60 0.28 1.68 $31.06 $64,610
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 60 0.20 1.21 $30.83 $64,130
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 50 0.37 2.24 $33.64 $69,970
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 50 0.31 1.88 $29.34 $61,020

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)
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 50 0.37 2.24 $33.64 $69,970
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.35 2.13 $26.22 $54,530
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 50 0.31 1.88 $29.34 $61,020
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.28 1.69 $26.70 $55,540
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 60 0.28 1.68 $31.06 $64,610

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 50 0.37 2.24 $33.64 $69,970
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 30 0.18 1.09 $31.24 $64,970
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 60 0.28 1.68 $31.06 $64,610
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 50 0.19 1.14 $30.83 $64,140
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 60 0.20 1.21 $30.83 $64,130


About May 2011 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 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 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: March 27, 2012

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