Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
19,930 12.2 % $51.51 $107,140 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $33.15 $41.01 $50.13 $59.02 $72.09
Annual Wage (2) $68,940 $85,290 $104,270 $122,760 $149,940


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 6,600 1.66 $47.79 $99,400
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,670 0.13 $44.29 $92,120
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,130 0.34 $56.02 $116,520
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,840 0.14 $54.93 $114,260
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 450 0.17 $44.71 $93,000

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 6,600 1.66 $47.79 $99,400
Waste Treatment and Disposal 350 0.36 $50.90 $105,870
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,130 0.34 $56.02 $116,520
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 450 0.17 $44.71 $93,000
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,840 0.14 $54.93 $114,260

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services (8) (8) $58.09 $120,830
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,130 0.34 $56.02 $116,520
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,840 0.14 $54.93 $114,260
Management of Companies and Enterprises 160 0.01 $53.73 $111,770
Natural Gas Distribution 40 0.03 $51.48 $107,080


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)
Virginia 2,240 0.62 4.08 $43.22 $89,890
Tennessee 1,730 0.65 4.25 $59.61 $123,990
Pennsylvania 1,210 0.22 1.41 $47.25 $98,280
Washington 1,070 0.39 2.52 $44.43 $92,410
Ohio 970 0.19 1.25 $46.57 $96,860




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 1,730 0.65 4.25 $59.61 $123,990
Virginia 2,240 0.62 4.08 $43.22 $89,890
South Carolina 890 0.49 3.23 $43.56 $90,590
New Mexico 370 0.48 3.12 $52.19 $108,560
Idaho 250 0.42 2.74 $55.57 $115,580




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 100 0.15 0.98 $73.10 $152,040
Maryland 350 0.14 0.90 $67.86 $141,160
Tennessee 1,730 0.65 4.25 $59.61 $123,990
California (8) (8) (8) $57.23 $119,050
New York 590 0.07 0.45 $56.92 $118,390





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)
Richmond, VA 720 1.21 7.89 $49.36 $102,660
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 680 1.16 7.57 $55.49 $115,420
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 590 0.60 3.89 $43.63 $90,740
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 520 0.14 0.94 $54.65 $113,670
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 470 2.32 15.19 $43.61 $90,700
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 450 0.35 2.31 $51.74 $107,620
Knoxville, TN 390 1.20 7.82 $55.83 $116,130
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 390 4.02 26.28 $50.01 $104,020
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC 350 0.41 2.67 $41.30 $85,910
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 340 0.07 0.43 (8) (8)




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)
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 390 4.02 26.28 $50.01 $104,020
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 470 2.32 15.19 $43.61 $90,700
Richmond, VA 720 1.21 7.89 $49.36 $102,660
Knoxville, TN 390 1.20 7.82 $55.83 $116,130
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 680 1.16 7.57 $55.49 $115,420
Chattanooga, TN-GA 220 0.96 6.28 $56.45 $117,410
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 590 0.60 3.89 $43.63 $90,740
Toledo, OH 160 0.54 3.52 $43.44 $90,360
Columbia, SC 160 0.46 3.02 $42.82 $89,060
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC 350 0.41 2.67 $41.30 $85,910




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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 210 0.09 0.58 $68.30 $142,070
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $65.42 $136,070
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT (8) (8) (8) $65.23 $135,690
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 200 0.14 0.91 $63.67 $132,440
Albuquerque, NM 90 0.24 1.55 $61.40 $127,720
Baltimore-Towson, MD 150 0.12 0.76 $57.17 $118,910
Chattanooga, TN-GA 220 0.96 6.28 $56.45 $117,410
Trenton-Ewing, NJ (8) (8) (8) $56.25 $116,990
Knoxville, TN 390 1.20 7.82 $55.83 $116,130
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 680 1.16 7.57 $55.49 $115,420

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)
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 180 11.76 76.90 $45.68 $95,000

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 180 11.76 76.90 $45.68 $95,000

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)
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $50.90 $105,870
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 180 11.76 76.90 $45.68 $95,000


About May 2012 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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