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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 cities 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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$87,480
25th Percentile Wage
$100,790
50th Percentile Wage
$125,190
75th Percentile Wage
$147,750
90th Percentile Wage
$160,600

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 $160,600. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $125,190. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $87,480.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$42.06
25th Percentile Wage
$48.46
50th Percentile Wage
$60.19
75th Percentile Wage
$71.03
90th Percentile Wage
$77.20

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for nuclear engineers in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $77.20. The median hourly salary is $60.19. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $42.06.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of nuclear engineers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
2016125,190-15.64%5.69%
2015144,7706.98%-
2014134,6700.97%-
2013133,36011.47%-
2012118,070--

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 $91,550 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-Oakland-Fremont with a median annual salary of $91,550.

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-San Mateo-Redwood City
$92,870
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$91,550
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$91,550


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