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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Nuclear Engineer Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$66,400
25th Percentile Wage
$84,800
50th Percentile Wage
$105,810
75th Percentile Wage
$127,610
90th Percentile Wage
$159,330

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 $159,330. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $105,810. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $66,400. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 139% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

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
$105,810
3.39% 1.46%
2016
$102,220
-0.71% -
2015
$102,950
2.41% -
2014
$100,470
-1.12% -
2013
$101,600
-2.63% -
2012
$104,270
- -

Table 2. Nuclear Engineer Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of nuclear engineers in 7 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 professional, scientific, and technical services sector with an annual salary $117,160. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $83,770).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$117,160
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$116,350
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$110,910
Utilities
$108,080
Federal, State, and Local Government
$93,820
Manufacturing
$91,980
Educational Services
$83,770

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 $83,170 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 $83,170. 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
Colorado
$139,280
New Mexico
$136,060
California
$132,880
Georgia
$129,070
Tennessee
$121,950
Illinois
$119,630
Idaho
$118,380
Maryland
$116,770
Alabama
$115,730
New Jersey
$115,290
New York
$115,250
North Carolina
$113,930
New Hampshire
$110,310
Louisiana
$109,900
Texas
$108,380
Connecticut
$108,250
Massachusetts
$107,960
Kansas
$103,960
Pennsylvania
$103,260
Nebraska
$102,820
Minnesota
$101,190
South Carolina
$100,210
Mississippi
$100,050
Florida
$99,040
Washington
$98,840
Michigan
$97,300
Ohio
$96,930
Wisconsin
$94,590
Hawaii
$89,070
Missouri
$87,110
Virginia
$83,170



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