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 usually receives average salaries ranging between 80000 - 120000 depending on seniority levels. Nuclear Engineers will usually earn a pay level of One Hundred Three Thousand Six Hundred dollars per annum.

Nuclear Engineers receive the highest salary in the District of Columbia, where they can get an average salary rate of near $142930. They can get the best compensation in Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services, where they can get a compensation of $109680.

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ANNUAL SALARY
HOURLY RATE
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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 16.69 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Nuclear Engineers tend to make the most in the following industries
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $109,680
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $108,900
Management of Companies and Enterprises $102,720
Utilities $99,760
Public Administration $92,400
Educational Services $91,900
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Manufacturing $87,050
Health Care and Social Assistance $91,020
Educational Services $91,900
Public Administration $92,400
Utilities $99,760
Management of Companies and Enterprises $102,720
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