2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries
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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- Average salary
- Starting salary
- Salary rank
- Salary range
- Highest paying states
- Highest paying industries
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.
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.
|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
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|
|Waste Treatment and Disposal||$114010||$54.81|
|Federal Executive Branch||$100860||$48.49|