The Average Nuclear Engineer Salary UK - The Salary Of A Nuclear Engineer In 2019?

Updated: Nov 17, 2019

The term Engineering is generally a very broad term; a quick google search of "become an engineer in the nuclear industry" brings up a very wide range of varying results so it is a good idea to be clear in what is meant by engineering when considering your "nuclear engineer salary uk" google search.

For purpose of what we are trying to do as part of this article is on the basis that Engineering encompasses the disciplines associated with the design elements of nuclear projects including;

  • Mechanical,

  • Electrical, Control and Instrumentation (EC&I),

  • Process,

  • Civil, Structural and Architectural (CS&A) and

  • Analysis.

The roles and functions that are encompassed within Project Management, Quality, Health, Safety & Environmental (QHSE), Manufacture and Site Works are covered elsewhere and have different pay grades to the nuclear engineer salary.

Design Engineering

The Role

There are various roles available from Principal to Design Engineer to Graduate. There are roles offered in all of the Mechanical, EC&I, Analysis, Process and CS&A functions. The major function of all of these roles revolve around the production of designs that satisfy a technical specification and any specific user requirements. There is a need to support these design by providing verification and validation, participating in any radiological and conventional safety reviews and providing the required documentation that enables the project to take the design from paper to realisation and ultimate implementation.

The Profile

The profile of an engineer in the UK Nuclear Industry is very much job specific when considering qualifications and experience. The aim of is not to go into the details of each specific job role. Either way regardless you will actually find that that the best place to look for these job descriptions is on specific job advertisements themselves.

To help you with this we have pre-searched a couple of them below for you so that you can find out further information and more about the specific requirements of any one role.

It is worth noting that as a minimum the below 5 requirements will be included within the criteria:

  • You will need an Engineering qualification such as NHC/HND

  • You will usually be required to be or be willing to work towards becoming a chartered engineer

  • If sector jumping you will have worked previously in a design project environment - ideally in a regulated industry

  • You are proficient in the use of the required software (AutoCad, ProE, Inventor)

  • You have or will be able to meet the vetting requirements.

Mechanical Engineering Jobs in the UK Nuclear Industry

Electrical Engineering Jobs in the UK Nuclear Industry

Software Engineering Jobs in the UK Nuclear Industry

Process Engineering Jobs in the UK Nuclear Industry

CS&A Engineering Jobs in the UK Nuclear Industry

Analyst Jobs in the UK Nuclear Industry

Getting Into Nuclear

The majority of the engineering roles within the UK nuclear industry have historically been a closed to workers who are currently working outside of the nuclear sector. However, the increase in demand for such roles within the Nuclear New Build (NNB) projects coupled with an aging, retiring workforce means that the industry is needing to broaden the opportunities to 'non-Nuclear’ engineers. This has lead to the creation of the Nuclear Sector Deal which has brought about the term Sector Jumping and your opportunity to find a nuclear engineer salary in the UK.

If you believe that you have the skills and experience to bag yourself a role it is worth checking out the Nuclear Skills Academy for Nuclear's (NSAN) Nuclear Skills Passport (NS4P). The NS4P is a competency framework which gives you a means to demonstrate that you are SQEP (a Suitably, Qualitied and Experienced Person) to work in the nuclear industry without having actually worked in the industry before.

Credit: NSAN

Additionally check out our FREE membership services on all of the training available to you to help you up-skill wherever you feel that you need to do so.

There are many opportunities out there in the UK Nuclear Industry particularly in the Engineering Function and now is a great time to start to assess and understand where you can fit into the picture.

So what are the salaries like in Nuclear Engineering?

Okay, let's be honest, this is the main reason you are now on the site reading this article is to find out the "nuclear engineer salary". There is nothing wrong with that of course the pay is one of the biggest reasons that people go to work everyday, not the only reason but certainly the main for a lot of people.

To quote the late, great Jim Rohn "your salary is equal to the value that you bring to the marketplace". This is certainly true when working in the nuclear industry in the UK and explains why there is a very good chance that you could get yourself a pay rise if you did chose to sector jump in the nuclear arena and get your own nuclear engineer salary.

It is very difficult to give a specific value or percentage increase you would get but as a guide the Telegraph report that starting salaries in nuclear engineering begin around £27,000 per annum, while those earning in the top 10% of the profession (principal engineers) bring home upwards of £110,000 each year. The average salary for all engineers working nuclear in the UK is close to £40,000 per annum (between £30,000 to £65,000).

The Six Steps To Get Into Nuclear

If all the talk of a nuclear engineer salary, the opportunities to work in the nuclear industry or maybe just all the talk of the salaries and pay rises when you work as an engineer in the nuclear industry has you wanting to find out more we at are uniquely positioned to help.

We support employers in the UK nuclear industry in attracting top talent from outside of the sector. We have created a website that has everything that you need to assist you in this in plain English that is easy to understand. We present this using our Six-Steps to Getting Into Nuclear which is a guided programme to enable you to identify your perfect nuclear role and develop the steps you need to take to get there.

Membership was initially free - but we was finding that people did not take the necessary steps to work through the exercises and take the necessary action needed to join the industry.

As our aim is to help the industry attract new talent whilst enabling potential sector jumpers to find a new role. So with us going to all the effort to provide the support but people not being invested enough to produce action means a lose-lose scenario for everyone.

After some review we put the root-cause for this being down to the fact that “people who pay, pay attention” and as our site is free it is not being given the attention that it deserves. So we need to find a way for you to be invested in your development without you having to break the bank.

The six-steps to getting into nuclear is a high-touch service for people who are serious about making a substantial investment in identifying their transferable skills.

Whether you are just starting your career or have years of experience we can help you to find a role in nuclear. We offer a CV review and writing services, information on training courses and we can put you in-front of Nuclear Employers. We are here to support you every step of the way.

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All of the above in our view provides you with a means of;

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We are not too sure how long this offer will be around as once we are inundated with CV’s and hopefully helping people to be placed in roles we may not have the time to undertake the CV reviews anymore.

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