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Nuclear Power Reactor Operator Salary

A sizeable majority of Nuclear Power Reactor Operators in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $74K annually. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$38,450 - $102,724
(Median)
$38K
$74K
$100K
MEDIAN: $73,663
10%
50%
90%

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$23.67 - $48.86
(Median)
$24
$38
$49
MEDIAN: $38.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$38,450 - $102,724  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,943  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$44,128 - $118,229  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 96
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$23.67 - $48.86  
   
Overtime
$38.88 - $74.64  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,943  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$44,128 - $118,229  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 37

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Job Description for Nuclear Power Reactor Operator

Nuclear reactor operators are responsible for the safe and efficient operation of nuclear reactors at public utility and industrial power plants. Reactor operators adjust the controls that position the nuclear material--referred to as rods--to control heat and the rate of power flow. They are responsible for monitoring gauges that measure heat, turbine speed, and rate of reaction.

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Nuclear Power Reactor Operator Tasks

  • Prepare clearances from drawings and prints.
  • Maintain proper lubrication of equipment.
  • Perform equipment switching and tagging for clearance operations.
  • Monitor plant parameters to ensure safe operation of reactor and turbine systems.
  • Instruct, plan, and direct the work of non-licensed operators.

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Pay by Experience Level for Nuclear Power Reactor Operator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $66K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $80K. Nuclear Power Reactor Operators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $84K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $97K.

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Experience Affects Nuclear Power Reactor Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$80,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 4%
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