How much does a Nuclear Engineer make in the United States?

Average Nuclear Engineer Yearly Salary in the United States

Nuclear Engineers earn an average yearly salary of $100,920. Salaries typically start from $60,706 and go up to $145,810.

Average Nuclear Engineer Hourly Wage in the United States

Nuclear Engineers earn an average hourly wage of $48.52. Hourly wages typically start from $29.19 and go up to $70.10.

Source: Sokanu (Aggregated)

These numbers may vary depending on several factors, like level of education, amount of experience, industry, company size and location.

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James Madison, President of CoolHandNuke.com, a job site for nuclear professionals, says several factors help nuclear engineer salaries - the high caliber of nuclear engineering graduates, the sensitive nature of their work, and a decreasing number of people entering the field.

James Madison predicts an upswing in the need for nuclear engineers that could mean better salaries in the future. "Over the course of the next 10 plus years, these engineers will start being paid very, very well," he said. "And the benefits packages are already the best of any industry."

The Bureau of Labor Statistics found that nuclear engineers working for independent engineering agencies (such as scientific and consulting services and research and development) tended to earn the most.

Employment Type Mix

98%
Full-Time
2%
Part-Time

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Salary Satisfaction

3.6
SCORE
59
RATINGS
Nuclear Engineers average a score of 3.6 out of 5 on our salary satisfaction scale. This places Nuclear Engineers in the 94th percentile of salary satisfaction.

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Nuclear Engineer Earnings by Seniority

Top End Nuclear Engineer Earnings

The highest earning Nuclear Engineers in the United States earn:

$70.10
an hour
$145,810.0
per year
Senior Nuclear Engineer Earnings

Senior Nuclear Engineers in the United States earn:

$57.34
an hour
$119,260.1
per year
Experienced Nuclear Engineer Earnings

Experienced Nuclear Engineers in the United States earn:

$46.89
an hour
$97,526.7
per year
Junior Nuclear Engineer Earnings

Junior Nuclear Engineers in the United States earn:

$37.22
an hour
$77,408.3
per year
Starting Nuclear Engineer Earnings

Starting Nuclear Engineers in the United States earn:

$29.19
an hour
$60,706.4
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Nuclear Engineer Salary Comparison

Nuclear Engineers earn more than 89% percent of similar careers in the United States.

Computer Hardware Engineer Salary $115k
Aerospace Engineer Salary $105k
Mining and Geological Engineer Salary $103k
Nuclear Engineer Salary $100k
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Chemical Engineer Salary $100k
Naval Architect Salary $99k
Marine Engineer Salary $99k
Source: Sokanu (Aggregated)

Nuclear Engineer salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Nuclear Engineer Salary in New Mexico $65.63 $136,520 # 1
Nuclear Engineer Salary in Georgia $62.37 $129,730 # 2
Nuclear Engineer Salary in Tennessee $60.38 $125,600 # 3
Nuclear Engineer Salary in Alabama $59.72 $124,220 # 4
Nuclear Engineer Salary in California $59.26 $123,260 # 5
Nuclear Engineer Salary in Idaho $57.93 $120,490 # 6
Nuclear Engineer Salary in North Carolina $57.32 $119,230 # 7
Nuclear Engineer Salary in Illinois $57.20 $118,980 # 8
Nuclear Engineer Salary in Connecticut $55.61 $115,670 # 9
Nuclear Engineer Salary in New York $53.97 $112,260 # 10
Nuclear Engineer Salary in Maryland $52.78 $109,790 # 11
Nuclear Engineer Salary in Kansas $51.26 $106,620 # 12
Nuclear Engineer Salary in Pennsylvania $48.65 $101,190 # 13
Nuclear Engineer Salary in South Carolina $48.63 $101,150 # 14
Nuclear Engineer Salary in Louisiana $48.56 $101,010 # 15
Nuclear Engineer Salary in United States $48.52 $100,920.1 # 16
Nuclear Engineer Salary in New Jersey $48.27 $100,400 # 17
Nuclear Engineer Salary in Nebraska $47.52 $98,840 # 18
Nuclear Engineer Salary in Florida $47.03 $97,820 # 19
Nuclear Engineer Salary in Washington $46.51 $96,750 # 20
Nuclear Engineer Salary in Texas $46.46 $96,640 # 21
Nuclear Engineer Salary in Michigan $46.08 $95,840 # 22
Nuclear Engineer Salary in Wisconsin $44.33 $92,210 # 23
Nuclear Engineer Salary in Virginia $41.04 $85,360 # 24