How much does a Nuclear Engineer make?

Updated Jun 23, 2021

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$91,237 /yr
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452 salaries

$65K

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$91K

Average

$129K

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The national average salary for a Nuclear Engineer is $91,237 in United States. Filter by location to see Nuclear Engineer salaries in your area. Salary estimates are based on 452 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by Nuclear Engineer employees.

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Naval Sea Systems Command
3.9

Naval Sea Systems Command

Nuclear Engineer

$73,748

 /yr
Range: $62K - $113K
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$62K

$113K

$61,862 - $112,775 Range

University of Chicago
4.2

University of Chicago

Nuclear Engineer

$127,323

 /yr
Range: $112K - $136K

$112K

$136K

$112,315 - $135,964 Range

Norfolk Naval Shipyard
3.3

Norfolk Naval Shipyard

Nuclear Engineer

$78,000

 /yr
Range: $60K - $102K

$60K

$102K

$60,036 - $101,858 Range

Newport News Shipbuilding
3.4

Newport News Shipbuilding

Nuclear Engineer

$70,981

 /yr
Range: $66K - $101K

$66K

$101K

$66,247 - $100,967 Range

NextEra Energy, Inc.
3.8

NextEra Energy, Inc.

Nuclear Engineer

$94,719

 /yr
Range: $70K - $128K

$70K

$128K

$70,000 - $127,745 Range

FirstEnergy
3.8

FirstEnergy

Nuclear Engineer

$78,563

 /yr
Range: $69K - $118K

$69K

$118K

$68,994 - $117,534 Range

Dominion Energy
4.2

Dominion Energy

Nuclear Engineer

$103,420

 /yr
Range: $71K - $136K

$71K

$136K

$71,375 - $136,324 Range

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Argonne National Laboratory
4.5

Argonne National Laboratory

Nuclear Engineer

$118,129

 /yr
Range: $110K - $130K

$110K

$130K

$110,048 - $130,218 Range

Enercon Services
3.4

Enercon Services

Nuclear Engineer

$91,858

 /yr
Range: $73K - $160K

$73K

$160K

$72,673 - $160,451 Range

Xcel Energy
3.8

Xcel Energy

Nuclear Engineer

$90,674

 /yr
Range: $86K - $113K

$86K

$113K

$86,234 - $112,608 Range

US Department of Energy
4.2

US Department of Energy

Nuclear Engineer

$120,828

 /yr
Range: $86K - $142K

$86K

$142K

$85,828 - $141,814 Range

Exelon Generation
3.9

Exelon Generation

Nuclear Engineer

$105,958

 /yr
Range: $77K - $124K

$77K

$124K

$76,855 - $123,517 Range

Northrop Grumman
4

Northrop Grumman

Nuclear Engineer

$124,516

 /yr
Range: $115K - $134K

$115K

$134K

$114,886 - $134,147 Range

US Department of Defense
4.1

US Department of Defense

Nuclear Engineer

$96,837

 /yr
Range: $67K - $111K

$67K

$111K

$67,200 - $110,904 Range

Duke Energy
4

Duke Energy

Nuclear Engineer - Hourly Intern

$25

 /hr
Range: $23 - $26

$23

$26

$23 - $26 Range

General Dynamics Electric Boat
3.3

General Dynamics Electric Boat

Nuclear Engineer

$73,000

 /yr
Range: $69K - $99K

$69K

$99K

$68,723 - $98,698 Range

Southern Company
4.3

Southern Company

Nuclear Engineer

$93,647

 /yr
Range: $67K - $111K

$67K

$111K

$66,515 - $110,902 Range

Oak Ridge National Laboratory
4.3

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Nuclear Engineer

$114,019

 /yr
Range: $67K - $121K

$67K

$121K

$67,432 - $120,986 Range

AEP
3.8

AEP

Nuclear Engineer

$82,095

 /yr
Range: $74K - $145K

$74K

$145K

$74,104 - $144,716 Range

AREVA
4

AREVA

Nuclear Engineer

$114,634

 /yr
Range: $95K - $156K

$95K

$156K

$94,775 - $156,094 Range

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$2,450
monthly
A Nuclear Operator in the Seattle, WA Area area reported making $2,450 per month
Job Highlights
1-2 years experience
Seattle, WA Area area
Contract
 
1001 to 5000 employees
Government
$50,000
per year
A Nuclear Physicist in the Washington, DC Area area reported making $50,000 per year
Job Highlights
5-7 years experience
Washington, DC Area area
Contract
 
1001 to 5000 employees
College / University
$115,000
per year
A Nuclear Engineer in the Pittsburgh, PA Area area reported making $115,000 per year
Job Highlights
10+ years experience
Pittsburgh, PA Area area
Full-time
 
1001 to 5000 employees
Government
$110,000
per year
A Nuclear Engineer in the San Francisco, CA Area area reported making $110,000 per year
Job Highlights
10+ years experience
San Francisco, CA Area area
Full-time
 
1001 to 5000 employees
Government
$60,000
per year
A Nuclear Engineer in the Columbia, SC Area area reported making $60,000 per year
Additional Pay
$5k cash bonus
Job Highlights
8-10 years experience
Columbia, SC Area area
Contract
 
1001 to 5000 employees
Government
$70,000
per year
A Nuclear Engineer in the Gainesville, FL Area area reported making $70,000 per year
Job Highlights
8-10 years experience
Gainesville, FL Area area
Full-time
 
1001 to 5000 employees
Government
$70,000
per year
A Nuclear Engineer in the Norfolk, VA Area area reported making $70,000 per year
Job Highlights
3-4 years experience
Norfolk, VA Area area
Full-time
 
10000+ employees
Company - Public
$84,000
per year
A Naval Nuclear Reactor Operator in the Washington, DC Area area reported making $84,000 per year
Additional Pay
$25k cash bonus
Job Highlights
8-10 years experience
Washington, DC Area area
Full-time
 
1001 to 5000 employees
Government
$43
hourly
A Nuclear Engineer in the Seattle, WA Area area reported making $43 per hour
Job Highlights
1-2 years experience
Seattle, WA Area area
Full-time
 
10000+ employees
Government