Nuclear engineer earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Nuclear engineer salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Maryland $130,660
New Mexico $136,940
California $136,000
Idaho $124,370
Tennessee $120,570
New Hampshire $131,140
Wisconsin $124,120
Illinois $118,110
Pennsylvania $113,310
Kansas $109,440
North Carolina $115,590
Connecticut $112,010
New York $112,000
Florida $102,330
Nebraska $104,750
South Carolina $99,520
Michigan $101,760
Washington $100,240
Mississippi $98,270
Louisiana $107,020
Missouri $102,450
Texas $65,290
Virginia $83,070

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 water engineers but more than ship engineers.

Career Median Salary
Water engineer salary $88K
Computer systems engineer salary $65K
Software engineer salary $77K
Computer hardware engineer salary $78K
Aerospace engineer salary $80K
Nuclear engineer salary $77K
Chemical engineer salary $75K
Agricultural engineer salary $77K
Electrical engineer salary $72K
Ship engineer salary $71K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)