Nuclear Engineer Salary and Wage Information

Wage Rate Low (<10%) Median (50%) High (>90%)
Hourly Wage $32.20 $48.85 $75.45
Annual Wage $67,000 $101,600 $157,000
  • "Low (<10%)" indicates that 10% of workers earned less and 90% earned more.
  • "Median (50%)" indicates that 50% of workers earned less and 50% earned more.
  • "High (>90%)" indicates that 90% of workers earned less and 10% earned more.
  • "N/A" indicates that data in not available
*The annual salary and wage data presented above represents U.S, Based workers with full-time employment and year-round schedules.

Additional Information
Nuclear Engineers apply specialized knowledge of the theory and principles of nuclear science to problems regarding the control, release, and utilization of nuclear energy and the disposal of nuclear waste. They conduct research and develop processes, systems, and instruments used to harness nuclear energy. These professionals also find ways to use radioactive materials in medical and industrial settings, such as for medical treatment and diagnosis equipment.

As of 2012, the median annual salary for nuclear engineers was $104,270. The lowest ten percent of nuclear engineers earned less than $68,940 a year, while the top ten percent earned more than $149,940 a year.

For the top five industries employing nuclear engineers, the median annual salaries were as follows:

Research and Development $112,560
Architectural and engineering services $108,340
Electrical power $99,000
Federal government $90,300
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