Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
19,740 1.6 % $36.06 $74,990 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $25.46 $30.13 $35.27 $41.94 $48.12
Annual Wage (2) $52,950 $62,660 $73,360 $87,240 $100,080


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 13,660 0.26 $35.81 $74,490
Offices of Physicians 3,860 0.15 $36.77 $76,470
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 1,180 0.46 $33.67 $70,040
Outpatient Care Centers 320 0.04 $43.93 $91,360
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 210 0.08 $38.91 $80,930

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 1,180 0.46 $33.67 $70,040
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 13,660 0.26 $35.81 $74,490
Offices of Physicians 3,860 0.15 $36.77 $76,470
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 210 0.08 $38.91 $80,930
Outpatient Care Centers 320 0.04 $43.93 $91,360

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Outpatient Care Centers 320 0.04 $43.93 $91,360
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 100 (7) $41.94 $87,230
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 40 (7) $40.67 $84,590
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 210 0.08 $38.91 $80,930
Offices of Physicians 3,860 0.15 $36.77 $76,470


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 1,640 0.21 1.44 $35.09 $72,980
California 1,600 0.10 0.72 $50.57 $105,180
Texas 1,420 0.12 0.86 $35.39 $73,610
New York 1,230 0.14 0.96 $38.35 $79,760
Pennsylvania 910 0.16 1.12 $33.61 $69,910




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 0.36 2.51 $27.83 $57,890
West Virginia 170 0.24 1.69 $28.30 $58,860
Louisiana 430 0.22 1.55 $29.24 $60,820
Wyoming 60 0.21 1.47 $30.68 $63,820
Oklahoma 330 0.21 1.45 $30.12 $62,650




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 1,600 0.10 0.72 $50.57 $105,180
Connecticut 250 0.15 1.07 $42.24 $87,870
Washington 430 0.14 1.00 $42.00 $87,350
New Jersey 630 0.16 1.13 $41.96 $87,280
Hawaii 90 0.15 1.06 $41.39 $86,080





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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 800 0.12 0.86 $40.65 $84,550
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 440 0.12 0.85 $35.61 $74,060
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 360 0.37 2.58 $34.75 $72,270
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 350 0.09 0.60 $48.58 $101,050
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 320 0.11 0.76 $35.74 $74,340
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 280 0.16 1.10 $36.73 $76,390
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 270 0.11 0.77 $35.79 $74,430
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 260 0.11 0.76 $39.84 $82,870
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 240 0.22 1.56 $34.76 $72,300
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 230 0.12 0.86 $37.87 $78,770




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)
Winchester, VA-WV 30 0.63 4.41 $34.68 $72,140
Peabody-Salem-Beverly, MA NECTA Division 50 0.51 3.55 $35.05 $72,900
Tulsa, OK 190 0.43 3.03 $28.26 $58,770
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 360 0.37 2.58 $34.75 $72,270
Charlottesville, VA 40 0.35 2.47 $35.91 $74,680
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 40 0.31 2.17 $60.55 $125,950
Fayetteville, NC 40 0.31 2.15 $26.90 $55,940
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 210 0.29 2.04 $30.98 $64,440
Tacoma-Lakewood, WA Metropolitan Division 80 0.29 2.05 $42.50 $88,400
Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL 40 0.29 2.02 $35.10 $73,000




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)
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 40 0.31 2.17 $60.55 $125,950
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 50 0.05 0.37 $57.52 $119,650
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 110 0.12 0.85 $56.48 $117,480
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 210 0.20 1.37 $55.63 $115,710
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 90 0.09 0.60 $55.14 $114,680
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 90 0.06 0.42 $52.24 $108,650
Fresno, CA 30 0.09 0.64 $49.29 $102,520
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 350 0.09 0.60 $48.58 $101,050
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA (8) (8) (8) $48.55 $100,980
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 160 0.13 0.88 $47.87 $99,560

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)
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 50 0.25 1.71 $32.95 $68,530
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 50 0.16 1.10 $31.98 $66,520
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 50 0.30 2.10 $26.25 $54,590
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.15 1.07 $30.33 $63,090
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 1.63 $28.31 $58,880

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)
Northwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.48 3.38 $27.47 $57,140
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 50 0.30 2.10 $26.25 $54,590
Southern Ohio non-metropolitan area 40 0.25 1.72 $30.54 $63,520
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 50 0.25 1.71 $32.95 $68,530
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 1.63 $28.31 $58,880

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)
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 30 0.17 1.16 $33.28 $69,220
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 50 0.25 1.71 $32.95 $68,530
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.13 0.88 $32.09 $66,750
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 50 0.16 1.10 $31.98 $66,520
Southern Ohio non-metropolitan area 40 0.25 1.72 $30.54 $63,520


About May 2015 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 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016