How Much Do Nuclear Engineers Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Nuclear Engineers

Nuclear Engineers conduct research on nuclear engineering projects or apply principles and theory of nuclear science to problems concerned with release, control, and use of nuclear energy and nuclear waste disposal.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$125130 per year
Hourly wage
$60 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$74,800 to $92,440 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$36 to $44 per hour

Entry-level Nuclear Engineers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $74,800 to $92,440 per year or $36 to $44 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Nuclear Engineers to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $89 $185,550
Senior (Top 25%) $69 $143,000
Middle (Mid 50%) $56 $116,140
Junior (Bottom 25%) $44 $92,440
No experience (Bottom 10%) $36 $74,800

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
CA $72 $149,830
AZ $71 $148,540
NV $68 $141,540
ID $68 $140,990
UT $67 $138,970
AR $63 $131,040
IL $61 $127,760
KS $60 $124,280
WI $59 $123,490
NY $59 $121,870

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Nuclear Engineer is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like CA doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at CA might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Nuclear Engineers are in the states of CA, AZ, NV, ID and UT.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $175490 $84.37
Scientific Research and Development Services $156530 $75.26
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services $155390 $74.71
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services $139510 $67.07
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution $129070 $62.05
Management of Companies and Enterprises $125400 $60.29
Local Government $120590 $57.97
Waste Treatment and Disposal $114010 $54.81
Federal Executive Branch $100860 $48.49
State Government $95230 $45.79

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