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Nuclear Power Reactor Operator Salary

Men account for the majority of Nuclear Power Reactor Operators in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $72K per year. Work is enjoyable for Nuclear Power Reactor Operators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
$39,178 - $102,562
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MEDIAN: $72,222
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$20.71 - $48.70
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MEDIAN: $37.00
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National Salary Data

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Salary
$39,178 - $102,562  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,828  
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$44,128 - $117,397  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 96
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$20.71 - $48.70  
   
Overtime
$38.58 - $73.07  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,828  
   
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 - $117,397  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | 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.


For many Nuclear Power Reactor Operators, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $64K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $79K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $87K in this role. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $96K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Experience Affects Nuclear Power Reactor Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$80,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 5%