Nuclear Engineer Salary

The average pay for a Nuclear Engineer is $84,449 per year. A skill in Project Management is associated with high pay for this job. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job.

$60,804 - $129,236
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$84K
$130K
MEDIAN: $84,449
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$24.47 - $99.33
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$99
MEDIAN: $44.79
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$60,804 - $129,236  
   
Bonus
$705 - $15,067  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $17,452  
Total Pay (?
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$60,951 - $141,632  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 489
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$34$68$102
Hourly Rate
$24.47 - $99.33  
   
Overtime
$32.38 - $72.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$705 - $15,067  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $17,452  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$60,951 - $141,632  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 26

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Job Description for Nuclear Engineer

Nuclear engineers are in charge of successfully completing nuclear engineering tasks for their organization. They develop and execute complex model interactions, use innovative computational methods to predict effects, and assess risks, as well as static and dynamic events. They must have advanced knowledge of nuclear engineering principles and their proper use while following strict safety laws when dealing with dangerous substances and materials. Nuclear engineers apply nuclear reactor technologies that make processes faster, manage technical performance and constraints, monitor core application, test new nuclear methodologies, and use their expertise for process optimizations, flow, and subsequent evaluation.

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Nuclear Engineer Tasks

  • Studies release, control and utilization of nuclear energy including accidents.
  • Designs and develops equipment, instruments, and control mechanisms.
  • Performs experiments to provide information on material usage and waste disposal.
  • May monitor nuclear facilities to identify operation practices to ensure safety regulations are being followed.

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Pay by Experience Level for Nuclear Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Nuclear Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Nuclear Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $73,000 based on 271 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Nuclear Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $90,000 based on 149 salaries. An experienced Nuclear Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $103,000 based on 113 salaries. A Nuclear Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $134,000 based on 85 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $87,740

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Nuclear Engineer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Nuclear Engineer?

Nuclear Engineer in Portsmouth:
"Fresh Out of College as a Nuclear Engineer."
Pros: Decent Pay, Good benefits, Supervisor is flexible, Paid vacation. Really slow start. Worked on two projects for 7 months. Then they slammed me with 5 projects.
Cons: Was lied to throughout my hiring process. HR provided documentation stating specific numbers and percentages. However, being here for almost a year now I can see that those numbers were false, and have never been as high as they were. In speaking with HR you get the basic answers of 'policies have changed.' They overload everyone with work. They expect you to complete all work in extremely small time spans. Their goal is to squeeze as much work out of you as they can for as little cost to them as possible. There is no type of friendly atmosphere throughout the entire corporation. Only a facade until they realize how to manipulate you into doing more than what you signed up for, tons of overtime for free, and all the while they're trying to say it is for your benefit...

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Key Stats for Nuclear Engineer

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 40 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Nuclear Engineer Salaries

▲53%

▲18%

▲3%

National Average
$88,000

▼17%

Skills That Affect Nuclear Engineer Salaries


Systems Engineering
▲7%



Technical Writing
▲1%

Technical Analysis
▼0%

National Average
$88,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 40 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 85%
vision benefits
Vision: 77%
no benefits
None: 6%