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 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average 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.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of nuclear engineers from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
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|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Educational Services|| |
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|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|New Jersey|| |
|New York|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|South Carolina|| |