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Nuclear Engineers in Virginia

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8.7% Jobs Projection
$83,070 Median Salary
240 Job Openings

You’re in luck! Jobs for Nuclear Engineers in Virginia are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.

  • Projected employment for Nuclear Engineers in Virginia is growing faster than average.

  • Nuclear Engineers in Virginia earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Nuclear Engineers Work in Virginia?

There were approximately 2,350 workers employed as Nuclear Engineers in this state in 2018.

There were 2,180 Nuclear Engineers employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 170 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

Nuclear Engineers in VA Employment Trend

The typical state has 530 Nuclear Engineers working in it, which means Virginia has more Nuclear Engineers than average.

Nuclear Engineers in VA vs. the Average State

Job Projections for Virginia

Jobs for Nuclear Engineers in this state are growing at a rate of 8.7% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 4.0%.

Job Projections for Nuclear Engineers: Nation vs. VA

Virginia Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates 240 annual job openings, and a total of 3,010 jobs for Virginia Nuclear Engineers in 2026.

Nationwide, the prediction is 1,400 annual jobs and 18,400 total jobs in 2026.

What do Nuclear Engineers Make in Virginia?

In 2018 wages for Nuclear Engineers ranged from $61,900 to $120,350 with $83,070 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $29.76 to $57.86. The median hourly rate was $39.94.

Workers in this field were paid a median of $39.98 an hour in 2017.

The hourly rate declined by $0.04.

The median salary in Virginia is higher than the nationwide median salary.

Nuclear Engineers Earnings: VA vs. National Average

Top Virginia Metros for Nuclear Engineers

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Nuclear Engineers.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Richmond, VA 280 $82,710
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 220 $164,200

Top States for Nuclear Engineers Employment

The table below shows the states where most Nuclear Engineers work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Virginia 2,350 $83,070
South Carolina 1,010 $99,520
Pennsylvania 960 $113,310
New Mexico 760 $136,940
Connecticut 710 $112,010
Illinois 610 $118,110
Tennessee 610 $120,570
North Carolina 540 $115,590
Texas 530 $65,290
California 530 $136,000
Maryland 500 $130,660
Idaho 440 $124,370
New York 410 $112,000
Louisiana 200 $107,020
Nebraska 140 $104,750
Mississippi 120 $98,270
District of Columbia 100 $0
Alabama 80 $105,290

Below are the states where Nuclear Engineers get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
New Mexico $136,940
California $136,000
New Hampshire $131,140
Maryland $130,660
Idaho $124,370
Wisconsin $124,120
Tennessee $120,570
Illinois $118,110
North Carolina $115,590
Pennsylvania $113,310

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