Nuclear engineer earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Nuclear engineer salary by state

State Name Average Salary
New Mexico $131,790
Georgia $126,610
Tennessee $116,650
Alabama $115,840
California $125,190
Idaho $116,660
North Carolina $112,990
Illinois $116,850
Connecticut $116,370
New York $113,470
Maryland $107,970
Kansas $104,360
Pennsylvania $102,640
South Carolina $98,490
Louisiana $107,550
New Jersey $100,930
Nebraska $100,200
Florida $97,290
Washington $96,320
Texas $102,110
Michigan $95,230
Wisconsin $92,500
Virginia $82,370

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 photonics engineers but more than computer systems engineers.

Career Median Salary
Photonics engineer salary $97K
Nanotechnology engineer salary $97K
Mechatronics engineer salary $97K
Nanosystems engineer salary $97K
Biochemical engineer salary $97K
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Naval architect salary $91K
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Computer systems engineer salary $66K