Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
20,020 1.7 % $34.60 $71,970 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $24.72 $29.51 $34.19 $40.33 $45.31
Annual Wage (2) $51,410 $61,390 $71,120 $83,890 $94,250


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 13,530 0.26 $34.40 $71,540
Offices of Physicians 4,080 0.17 $35.73 $74,310
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 1,380 0.57 $33.49 $69,670
Outpatient Care Centers 310 0.05 $35.02 $72,830
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 190 0.08 $35.13 $73,080

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 1,380 0.57 $33.49 $69,670
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 13,530 0.26 $34.40 $71,540
Offices of Physicians 4,080 0.17 $35.73 $74,310
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 190 0.08 $35.13 $73,080
Outpatient Care Centers 310 0.05 $35.02 $72,830

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 100 (7) $40.13 $83,480
Offices of Physicians 4,080 0.17 $35.73 $74,310
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 190 0.08 $35.13 $73,080
Outpatient Care Centers 310 0.05 $35.02 $72,830
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 70 0.01 $34.66 $72,080


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)
Florida 1,740 0.23 1.54 $33.95 $70,610
California 1,450 0.10 0.65 $45.82 $95,310
Texas 1,230 0.11 0.75 $33.14 $68,930
New York 1,190 0.14 0.91 $37.50 $78,000
Pennsylvania 1,030 0.18 1.22 $31.33 $65,170




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 160 0.39 2.59 $26.93 $56,020
West Virginia 180 0.26 1.72 $26.99 $56,150
Florida 1,740 0.23 1.54 $33.95 $70,610
Alabama 430 0.23 1.55 $26.84 $55,820
Tennessee 600 0.22 1.48 $30.00 $62,410




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 1,450 0.10 0.65 $45.82 $95,310
Rhode Island 50 0.11 0.70 $40.77 $84,790
Nevada 120 0.11 0.70 $40.38 $83,990
New Jersey 630 0.16 1.09 $40.37 $83,960
Connecticut 360 0.22 1.45 $39.93 $83,060





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 600 0.11 0.76 $39.70 $82,570
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 420 0.11 0.76 $35.48 $73,800
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 390 0.10 0.65 $45.43 $94,500
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 340 0.16 1.05 $33.14 $68,930
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 310 0.17 1.13 $34.14 $71,020
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 290 0.25 1.69 $36.09 $75,060
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 290 0.10 0.70 $33.26 $69,190
Baltimore-Towson, MD 280 0.22 1.45 $38.66 $80,410
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 270 0.11 0.76 $38.43 $79,930
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 270 0.15 1.00 $38.06 $79,170




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)
Barnstable Town, MA 90 0.94 6.21 $37.63 $78,280
Sioux Falls, SD 100 0.73 4.83 $25.69 $53,440
Monroe, LA 50 0.69 4.57 $24.98 $51,960
Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL 30 0.65 4.29 $29.50 $61,350
Wheeling, WV-OH 30 0.54 3.55 $27.34 $56,860
Johnson City, TN 40 0.47 3.14 $29.65 $61,670
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 150 0.35 2.35 $42.96 $89,360
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 180 0.34 2.26 $31.79 $66,110
Fayetteville, NC 40 0.34 2.26 $28.73 $59,760
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 160 0.33 2.19 $27.14 $56,460




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 0.04 0.27 $55.61 $115,670
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 100 0.10 0.66 $53.33 $110,930
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA (8) (8) (8) $51.71 $107,550
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 70 0.07 0.45 $50.86 $105,800
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 100 0.12 0.80 $49.08 $102,080
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 110 0.08 0.51 $48.08 $100,000
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 120 0.10 0.67 $46.06 $95,800
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 390 0.10 0.65 $45.43 $94,500
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 150 0.35 2.35 $42.96 $89,360
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 200 0.14 0.91 $42.21 $87,800

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 Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 80 0.35 2.29 $32.02 $66,590
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.17 1.14 $28.70 $59,700
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 50 0.18 1.16 $32.69 $68,000
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 50 0.24 1.57 $35.02 $72,840
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 50 0.36 2.38 $31.52 $65,560

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)
Natchitoches nonmetropolitan area 30 0.41 2.69 $26.33 $54,770
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.36 2.39 $25.91 $53,880
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 50 0.36 2.38 $31.52 $65,560
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 80 0.35 2.29 $32.02 $66,590
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.31 2.08 $27.15 $56,480

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 Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 50 0.24 1.57 $35.02 $72,840
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 1.38 $34.82 $72,420
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 50 0.18 1.16 $32.69 $68,000
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 80 0.35 2.29 $32.02 $66,590
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 50 0.36 2.38 $31.52 $65,560


About May 2013 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014

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