The Average Nuclear Engineer Salary UK - The Salary Of A Nuclear Engineer In 2021?

Updated: Dec 17, 2020

The term Engineering is generally an extremely 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" google search.

We include the following disciplines associated within the design elements of nuclear projects as engineering.

  • Mechanical,

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

  • Process,

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

  • Analysis.

We have not included the functions of Project Management, Quality, Health, Safety & Environmental (QHSE), Manufacture and Site Works on power stations. They have different pay grades to the salary of a nuclear engineer. We've also concentrated on the UK here and not the United States.

Design Engineering

The Role

There are various roles available dependant on the work that is being completed. Construction projects required different skills sets from those undertaking research and development. Nuclear engineer employees from Principal to Design Engineer to Graduate are offered across all functions.

The need for Nuclear Engineering is for the production of designs that satisfy a technical specification and user requirements. This is achieved by providing verification and validation. By participating in any radiological and conventional safety reviews considering the radioactive material involved in the work. By providing the required documentation. All to enable the project to take the design from paper to realisation and ultimate implementation. For nuclear power this is building new nuclear power stations.

The Profile

The required qualifications and experience of an engineer in the UK Nuclear Industry are very much job specific. These details are of course important to you when considering your future career move. We find that the best place to do your research is to view job specifications within live job advertisements.

To help you with this we have pre-searched the most popular roles below. Click on the ones of interest to you to find out further information on 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

In recent years many engineering roles within the UK nuclear industry have been closed to workers from other sectors. However, the increase in demand for resources within the Nuclear New Build (NNB) projects coupled with an aging workforce means that the industry is needing to broaden the opportunities to 'non-Nuclear’ engineers. This has led to the creation of the Nuclear Sector Deal which has introduced the term ‘Sector Jumping’. This is 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

It is also worth checking out our Nuclear Career Hub. It is where we provide you with an overview of the roles available to you. A summary of the industry and links to key resources. An online guide to creating a CV tailored for the nuclear industry. Tips on starting or changing your career path. And we also provide a nuclear only jobs board.

We are finding that many people are surprised by the broad range of opportunities out there in the UK Nuclear Industry. This is particularly true in the Engineering Function. In the recent announcement of the Green Recovery plan nuclear featured prominently. There has never been a better time to get into nuclear.

So what are the salaries like in Nuclear Engineering?

Most people reading this site put the search term "nuclear engineer salary" into your search engine. There is nothing wrong with that. It is not the only reason but pay is one of the biggest reasons that people go to work. We all need to pay the bills at the end of the day.

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. This explains why there is a very good chance that you could get yourself a pay rise if you did chose to sector jump to a nuclear engineer salary.

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


The above salary estimates are based on information that we found at However, it does appear that 'salaries submitted anonymously'.

The Six Steps To Get Into Nuclear

If all of the opportunities to work in the nuclear industry or the talk of nuclear engineer salaries has you wanting to find out more. You can see that there is a benefit from a nuclear energy and radiation point of view when considering salaries and we at are uniquely positioned to help.

We support 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. Head on over to our Get Into Nuclear Career Hub to get started.

If you are raring and ready to go you can create a profile on the Get Into Nuclear jobs board and upload you CV. Prior to this however we do recommend that you read our Six-Steps to Getting Into Nuclear post. This is a guided programme enabling you to identify your transferable skills and develop a strategy to land the perfect role for you.

The six-steps to get into nuclear is a free guide which will provide you with;

  • clearly identifying your strengths,

  • learning more about the nuclear industry and what types of roles would fit your skills,

  • learning how you can put yourself in front of nuclear employers,

  • creating a CV that is tailored to showcase your transferable skills to nuclear employers.

Get Into Nuclear

As always, thanks for reading and supporting us in our aim of providing the answer to the question "so how can I get into nuclear?" to as many people as possible.

If you are interested in finding out more about how you can Get Into Nuclear click on the most relevant link to you below:

- Find out more about the nuclear industry in general
- Dive right in, set up a profile and start applying for jobs
- Learn more about where to find jobs in the UK nuclear industry
- Develop a nuclear CV and job seeking strategy

Alternatively, if you are a nuclear business or nuclear employer check out our range of nuclear client services that we offer.

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