Average Nuclear Engineer Salary

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The average salary for a Nuclear Engineer is $86,522.
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$62k - $131k
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$63k - $142k

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Job Description for Nuclear Engineer

The top respondents for the job title Nuclear Engineer are from the companies General Electric Co (GE), NextEra Energy, Inc. and Areva. Reported salaries are highest at Exelon Corporation where the average pay is $99,103. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include General Electric Co (GE) and Areva, earning around $88,500 and $83,178, respectively. Huntington Ingalls Industries pays the lowest at around $65,445. U.S. Navy and NextEra Energy, Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $68,784 and $72,000, respectively.

Career Paths

Explore the most common career paths for Nuclear Engineer. Thickness and color of lines indicates popularity of movement from one job to the next. Visit our career path planner to research other job paths.
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Popular Skills for Nuclear Engineer

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.

Pay by Experience Level for Nuclear Engineer

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 $67,764 based on 114 salaries. An early career Nuclear Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $74,508 based on 276 salaries. A mid-career Nuclear Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $91,104 based on 209 salaries. An experienced Nuclear Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $106,898 based on 166 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $121,168.
Employees with Nuclear Engineer in their job title in Washington, District of Columbia earn an average of 15.8% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Richland, Washington (11.4% more) and Oak Ridge, Tennessee (5.9% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Newport News, Virginia (24.3% less), Wilmington, North Carolina (6.4% less) and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (6.2% less).

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