Salary for Nuclear Engineers

Also known as:  Atomic Process Engineer, Nuclear Engineer, Nuclear Radiation Engineer, Nuclear Steam Supply System Engineer, Radiation Engineer, Reactor Engineer, Reactor Projects Engineer

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Nuclear reactors and power plants are governed by numerous safety and environmental regulations. Nuclear engineers must stay abreast of the legal developments surrounding these devices, and make decisions regarding standard operating and safety procedures in their plant based on these laws and on the safety of operations in general. They may design or develop equipment including nuclear cores, instrumentation, and operations manuals, and make decisions regarding corrective actions or shutdowns in case of emergency. Additionally, they may conduct tests and studies in order to pinpoint ways that existing plant outputs can be optimized. Bachelor's degrees are required for this field, although many nuclear engineers have Master's or doctoral degrees in related fields.

A Nuclear Engineer earns a pay level between $74,800 to $185,550 based on education and tenure levels. will most likely receive an average wage of one hundred and twenty-five thousand one hundred and thirty dollars yearly.

can obtain the highest salaries in California, where they can earn average pay scales of about $149,830. People in this job function are paid most highly in Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services, which has job pay of $152,620.

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SALARY TREND

The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 48.60 percent nationwide in that time.

INDUSTRIES

Nuclear Engineers tend to make the most in the following industries:

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$152,620
Utilities
$129,070
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$125,400
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$123,480
Manufacturing
$101,320
Public Administration
$101,210

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Educational Services
$88,130
Public Administration
$101,210
Manufacturing
$101,320
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$123,480
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$125,400
Utilities
$129,070