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Engineering: Nuclear Engineering Focus

Katie Schenk - January 15, 2020

Nuclear engineering MS programmes

Compared to number of programmes offering electrical and mechanical engineering master’s degrees, there are relatively few US universities offering post grad nuclear engineering options. But, those that do are the cream of the crop.

And, as more nuclear engineers reach the age of retirement, there will soon greater opportunity to get new feet through the door.

How much do nuclear engineers earn in the US?

Salaries for nuclear engineers in the United States are among the highest of any engineering field. In 2018, the BLS pegged the median annual wage at $107,600 for engineers across all levels of education. The mean salary for the same year was $110,790.

Top paying industries employing nuclear engineers are: 

  • Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services: $149,150
  • Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services: $132,080
  • Remediation and Other Waste Management Services: $125,650
  • Scientific Research and Development Services: $123,690
  • Management of Companies and Enterprises: $108,120

Where do nuclear engineers work in the US?

The top employment states for nuclear engineers are:

  • Virginia
  • South Carolina
  • Pennsylvania
  • New Mexico
  • Connecticut

Meanwhile, the highest paying states and annual mean wages are: 

  • Maryland: $137,930
  • New Mexico: $136,310
  • California: $132,180
  • Idaho: $128,270
  • Tennessee: $126,300

It’s a pretty wide spread, with a lot of focus on the southern states which may help narrow programme selection, though it’s worth remembering that top recruiters will definitely consider students across top schools.

Top nuclear engineering masters programmes in the US

As many nuclear engineers work for power generation companies, national governments, and across research fields, this is definitely one engineering masters that’s in demand across the globe. The key is to starting your MS nuclear engineering job search along with your master’s programme search. Why not start now?

University of Michigan Ann Arbor - College of Engineering

Ann Arbor, Michigan | Midwest

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 5
  • USNWR nuclear department rank: 1
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $72,724
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering & Radiological Sciences
  • Offers winter admissions. 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology - School of Engineering

Cambridge (Boston), Massachusetts | Northeast

North Carolina State University - College of Engineering

Raleigh, North Carolina| South

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 24
  • USNWR nuclear department rank: 3
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $47,473
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering (MSNE)
    • Master of Nuclear Engineering (MNE)
  • Offers spring admissions.
  • Take a look at companies recruiting NC State graduates.

University of Wisconsin ​Madison - College of Engineering

Madison, Wisconsin| Midwest

University of California Berkeley - School of Engineering

Berkeley (San Francisco), California | West

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 3
  • USNWR nuclear department rank: 5
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $60,932
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Engineering in Nuclear Engineering
    • Public Policy (MPP)/Nuclear Engineering (MS) Concurrent Degree
  • Take a look at companies recruiting Berkeley graduates.

Texas A&M University - Dwight Look College of Engineering

College Station, Texas | West

University of Illinois Urbana-​Champaign - College of Engineering

Urbana, Illinois | Midwest

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 10
  • USNWR nuclear department rank: 7
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $50,134
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Engineering in Engineering, Energy Systems Concentration

    • Master of Science in Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering

  • Offers spring admissions.
  • Take a look at companies recruiting Illinois graduates.

Georgia Institute of Technology - College of Engineering

Atlanta, Georgia | South

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 7
  • USNWR nuclear department rank: 9
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $50,134
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering
  • Offers spring admissions.

Pennsylvania State University University Park - College of Engineering

University Park, Pennsylvania | Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 35
  • USNWR nuclear department rank: 10
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $54,000
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering
    • Master of Engineering in Nuclear Engineering
  • Offers spring admissions.

Purdue University - College of Engineering

West Lafayette, Indiana| Midwest

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 8
  • USNWR nuclear department rank: 12
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $44,908
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering (MSME)
  • Ocassionally offers spring admissions.

Ohio State University - College of Engineering

Columbus, Ohio | Midwest

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - School of Engineering

Troy, New York | Northeast

University of Florida - Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering

Gainesville, Florida | South

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 45
  • USNWR nuclear department rank: 16
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $48,234
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering Sciences
    • Master of Engineering in Nuclear Engineering Sciences

Virginia Tech - College of Engineering

Blacksburg, Virginia | South

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 31
  • USNWR nuclear department rank: 18
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $46,050
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering
    • Master of Engineering in Nuclear Engineering 
  • Offers spring admissions.
  • Take a look at companies recruiting Virginia Tech graduates.

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Post updated for accuracy and freshness on January 15, 2019. Originally published on November 30, 2017.


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