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Nuclear Engineer Salary Information

The salary statistics of nuclear engineers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of nuclear engineers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The nuclear engineers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Nuclear Engineer Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$65,570
25th Percentile Wage
$82,770
50th Percentile Wage
$102,220
75th Percentile Wage
$124,420
90th Percentile Wage
$152,420

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for nuclear engineers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) nuclear engineers is $152,420. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $102,220. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $65,570. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 132% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

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
2016102,220-0.71%-2.01%
2015102,9502.41%-
2014100,470-1.12%-
2013101,600-2.63%-
2012104,270--

Table 2. Nuclear Engineer Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of nuclear engineers in 5 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for nuclear engineers occupations is the management of companies and enterprises sector with an annual salary $111,630. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $74,340).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$111,630
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$111,280
Utilities
$103,250
Manufacturing
$97,620
Educational Services
$74,340

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Nuclear Engineers by States

From the above tables we note that not only nuclear engineers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of nuclear engineers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $82,370 to $156,470. The highest paying state for nuclear engineers is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $156,470. The lowest paying state is Virginia with a median annual salary of $82,370. For more salary information of nuclear engineers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
District of Columbia
$156,470
New Mexico
$131,790
Georgia
$126,610
California
$125,190
Illinois
$116,850
Idaho
$116,660
Tennessee
$116,650
New York
$113,470
North Carolina
$112,990
Maryland
$107,970
Massachusetts
$107,960
Louisiana
$107,550
Kansas
$104,360
Pennsylvania
$102,640
Texas
$102,110
New Jersey
$100,930
South Carolina
$98,490
Florida
$97,290
Ohio
$96,930
Washington
$96,320
Michigan
$95,230
Wisconsin
$92,500
Hawaii
$89,070
Virginia
$82,370


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