Nuclear engineer earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Nuclear engineer salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Mississippi $98,270
Virginia $97,510
Missouri $93,950
Utah $80,070
Louisiana $77,950
Kentucky $198,900
California $154,810
Arizona $152,270
Oregon $148,830
District of Columbia $141,190
New Mexico $136,940
New Jersey $131,590
Idaho $131,100
New Hampshire $128,020
Tennessee $126,280
Kansas $124,710
Illinois $122,920
Michigan $122,920
Ohio $122,920
Nebraska $120,650
North Carolina $120,380
Georgia $119,320
Alabama $117,460
Connecticut $117,350
Maryland $111,050
Pennsylvania $110,700
Texas $108,230
Arkansas $107,580
New York $107,220
Florida $105,120
Wisconsin $104,760
Washington $104,690
Massachusetts $102,750
South Carolina $100,460

How much does a Nuclear Engineer earn?

James Madison, President of, 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.

How do nuclear engineer salaries compare to similar careers?

Nuclear engineers earn about the same as related careers in the United States. On average, they make less than computer hardware engineers but more than wind energy engineers.

Career Median Salary
Computer hardware engineer salary $128K
Aerospace engineer salary $122K
Chemical engineer salary $106K
Nuclear engineer salary $120K
Sales engineer salary $104K
Electrical engineer salary $100K
Mechatronics engineer salary $101K
Wind energy engineer salary $101K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)