Nuclear engineer earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Nuclear engineer salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Alabama $105,290
California $136,000
Connecticut $112,010
Florida $102,330
Georgia $126,610
Idaho $128,270
Illinois $118,110
Kansas $109,440
Louisiana $107,020
Maryland $130,660
Michigan $101,760
Missouri $102,450
Mississippi $98,270
North Carolina $115,590
Nebraska $104,750
New Hampshire $131,140
New Jersey $100,930
New Mexico $136,940
New York $112,000
Pennsylvania $115,760
South Carolina $99,520
Tennessee $120,570
Texas $65,290
Virginia $83,070
Washington $100,240
Wisconsin $124,120

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 electrical engineers.

Career Median Salary
Computer hardware engineer salary $117K
Aerospace engineer salary $110K
Chemical engineer salary $106K
Nuclear engineer salary $106K
Mechatronics engineer salary $99K
Robotics engineer salary $99K
Sales engineer salary $99K
Electrical engineer salary $97K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)