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Nuclear Engineer Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for nuclear engineers in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of nuclear engineers among California areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Nuclear Engineers in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$91,760
25th Percentile Wage
$108,160
50th Percentile Wage
$132,880
75th Percentile Wage
$152,350
90th Percentile Wage
$163,820

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for nuclear engineers in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $163,820. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $132,880. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $91,760.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of nuclear engineers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$132,880
5.79% 11.15%
2016
$125,190
-15.64% -
2015
$144,770
6.98% -
2014
$134,670
0.97% -
2013
$133,360
11.47% -
2012
$118,070
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Nuclear Engineers in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of nuclear engineers in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of nuclear engineers in state of California ranges from $92,870 to $119,720. The highest paying area for nuclear engineers in California is Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana with a median annual salary of $119,720. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine (mean annual salary $117,480). The lowest paying area is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City with a median annual salary of $92,870.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$119,720
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$117,480
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$96,850
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$92,880
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$92,880
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$92,870




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