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

Average Nuclear Engineer Hourly Wage in the United States

Nuclear Engineers earn a median hourly wage of $49.49. Hourly wages typically start from $32.04 and go up to $73.18.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

Average Nuclear Engineer Yearly Salary in the United States

Nuclear Engineers earn a median salary of $102,950 per year. Salaries typically start from $66,650 and go up to $152,220.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

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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

97%
Full-Time
3%
Part-Time

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Salary Satisfaction

3.7
SCORE
46
RATINGS
Nuclear Engineers average a score of 3.7 out of 5 on our salary satisfaction scale. This places Nuclear Engineers in the 95th 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:

$73.18
an hour
$152,220
per year
Senior Nuclear Engineer Earnings

Senior Nuclear Engineers in the United States earn:

$59.10
an hour
$122,930
per year
Experienced Nuclear Engineer Earnings

Experienced Nuclear Engineers in the United States earn:

$49.49
an hour
$102,950
per year
Junior Nuclear Engineer Earnings

Junior Nuclear Engineers in the United States earn:

$39.72
an hour
$82,630
per year
Starting Nuclear Engineer Earnings

Starting Nuclear Engineers in the United States earn:

$32.04
an hour
$66,650
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Nuclear Engineer salary comparison

Nuclear Engineers earn more than 88% percent of Engineering careers. Nuclear Engineer salaries are in the bottom % of all careers in the United States.

Petroleum Engineer Salary $132k
Nuclear Engineer Salary $102k
Chemical Engineer Salary $97k
Naval Architect Salary $93k
Computer Systems Engineer Salary $85k
Mechanical Engineer Salary $83k
Agricultural Engineer Salary $75k
Geodesist Salary $58k
Explosives Worker Salary $52k
Source:

Historical salary for Nuclear Engineers in the United States

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

Nuclear Engineer salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Nuclear Engineer Salary in New Mexico $76.62 $159,380 # 1
Nuclear Engineer Salary in District of Columbia $75.23 $156,470 # 2
Nuclear Engineer Salary in California $69.60 $144,770 # 3
Nuclear Engineer Salary in Alabama $53.18 $110,610 # 4
Nuclear Engineer Salary in Tennessee $56.13 $116,750 # 5
Nuclear Engineer Salary in Illinois $55.62 $115,690 # 6
Nuclear Engineer Salary in Idaho $55.35 $115,130 # 7
Nuclear Engineer Salary in Texas $53.70 $111,700 # 8
Nuclear Engineer Salary in Connecticut $55.12 $114,640 # 9
Nuclear Engineer Salary in New York $54.26 $112,860 # 10
Nuclear Engineer Salary in New Hampshire $53.03 $110,310 # 11
Nuclear Engineer Salary in Maryland $51.64 $107,410 # 12
Nuclear Engineer Salary in Michigan $51.15 $106,390 # 13
Nuclear Engineer Salary in Louisiana $50.16 $104,340 # 14
Nuclear Engineer Salary in Kansas $48.44 $100,760 # 15
Nuclear Engineer Salary in Florida $46.37 $96,450 # 16
Nuclear Engineer Salary in New Jersey $47.27 $98,320 # 17
Nuclear Engineer Salary in Nebraska $48.77 $101,440 # 18
Nuclear Engineer Salary in South Carolina $46.27 $96,240 # 19
Nuclear Engineer Salary in Washington $45.68 $95,010 # 20
Nuclear Engineer Salary in Georgia $43.52 $90,510 # 21
Nuclear Engineer Salary in Pennsylvania $44.04 $91,610 # 22
Nuclear Engineer Salary in Wisconsin $43.71 $90,920 # 23
Nuclear Engineer Salary in Virginia $42.21 $87,790 # 24
Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics
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