Nuclear Engineer - Federal Salaries of 2016

Pay Rates for "Nuclear Engineer"

How much does a Nuclear Engineer in the federal government get paid? $135,992.74* *Based on the 2016 average.

Nuclear Engineer was the 213th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2016, with 626 employed. The most common payscale was the grades similar to general schedule payscale.

In 2016, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission hired the most employees titled Nuclear Engineering, with an average salary of $132,013.

Government Nuclear Engineering jobs are classified under the General Schedule (GS) payscale. The minimum paygrade for a Nuclear Engineering job is GS-6, and the highest paygrade that can be attained within this job series is GS-15. Remember that the starting and maximum yearly pay listed above reflect base pay only - your actual salary will be higher based on the Locality Pay Adjustment for the area in which you work.

Job Description

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions fall under this job category. Due to the growing focus of them STEM fields, individuals in this job category tend to advance more quickly than employees in the other job categories. Jobs in this category are being added quickly and many organizations have trouble finding qualified individuals. Individuals in this job category typically recieve pormotions of 2 grade increases at a time until they reach GS-12.

Agencies that have hired a Nuclear Engineer

Agency Employees Hired Average Salary
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 360 $132,013.01
Department of Energy 248 $143,199.62
National Institute of Standards and Technology 5 $129,572.00
Geological Survey 4 $75,883.50
Environmental Protection Agency 4 $118,506.50
Department of State 2 $130,830.50
National Institutes of Health 1 $108,887.00
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office 1 $160,300.00
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 1 $133,015.00

Nuclear Engineer Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Nuclear Engineer is $135,992.74.

Common Nuclear Engineer Payscales

Payscale Number of Nuclear Engineering Employees
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 314
GS - General Schedule 122
NN - Nnsa Engineering And Scientific 78
ES - Senior Executive Service 33
EN - Nat Nuclear Security Admin Exc Srvc Only 22
EK - Nat Defense Auth Act 1995 Energy Exc Svc 12
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 10
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 9
EG - Consultant (other) 9
EJ - Dept Of Energy Org Act Excepted Service 6
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 4
AJ - Administrative Judges 3
SN - Senior Level System 3
ST - Scientific And Professional 1

Starting Paygrade: $32,716.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $138,572.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-15, Step 10
Category: Professional and Scientific

Other Jobs at the GS-6 Paygrade

GS-6 is the starting paygrade for Nuclear Engineering jobs. Here are some other Federal Government jobs that can be held by employees at the GS-6 paygrade.

Occupation Occupation Category Starting Paygrade Maximum Paygrade
Irrigation System OperationTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
Photographic TechnologyProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
Medical TechnologistProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
Statistical AssistantClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
General Physical ScienceProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15

Average Nuclear Engineering Pay Trend from 2004 to 2017

In 2004, the average pay for a Nuclear Engineer was $111,626. Since then, the average pay has decreased to $1,657 in 2017.

Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 0840.

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