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Average Nuclear Engineer Salary

$86,965
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$5,069
Bonus
$3,020
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The average salary for a Nuclear Engineer is $86,965.
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$63k
MEDIAN
$87k
90%
$130k
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What Do Nuclear Engineers Do?

Job Satisfaction for Nuclear Engineer

3.7 out of 5
(106)
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The top respondents for the job title Nuclear Engineer are from the companies Exelon Corporation, Huntington Ingalls Industries and NextEra Energy, Inc.. Reported salaries are highest at Exelon Corporation where the average pay is $102,609. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Duke Energy Corp and Areva, earning around $88,730 and $84,551, respectively. U.S. Navy pays the lowest at around $68,784. Huntington Ingalls Industries and NextEra Energy, Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $69,034 and $72,000, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for Nuclear Engineers?

Skills in Nuclear Energy / Nuclear Power, Technical Analysis, Engineering Design and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Technical Writing.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Nuclear Engineers?

An entry-level Nuclear Engineer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $68,567 based on 104 salaries. An early career Nuclear Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $74,535 based on 234 salaries. A mid-career Nuclear Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $95,623 based on 166 salaries. An experienced Nuclear Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $110,512 based on 133 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $122,016.
Employees with Nuclear Engineer in their job title in Chicago, Illinois earn an average of 19.0% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Washington, District of Columbia (15.2% more) and Richland, Washington (2.0% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Newport News, Virginia (25.0% less), Wilmington, North Carolina (13.1% less) and Idaho Falls, Idaho (5.7% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 732 survey responses.
Entry Level
14.2%
Early Career
32.0%
Mid Career
22.7%
Experienced
18.2%
Late Career
13.0%