Male Nuclear Power Reactor Operators number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $71K annually in the United States. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Nuclear Power Reactor Operators — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction.

$41,157 - $110,109
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MEDIAN: $70,638
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$30.14 - $54.36
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$41,157 - $110,109  
   
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$986 - $18,246  
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$47,022 - $121,633  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 73
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Overtime
$45.19 - $89.60  
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$986 - $18,246  
   
Total Pay (?
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$47,022 - $121,633  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 32

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Job Description for Nuclear Power Reactor Operator

A nuclear power reactor operator is responsible for ensuring the safe generation of consumer-usable energy from a nuclear plant. The operator's job typically involves monitoring various systems and making adjustments as needed to keep them within optimal ranges, and they must also be able to perform routine operations to safely shut systems down for maintenance or refueling. They should also be fluent in the computer software used to handle each of these tasks.

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Nuclear Power Reactor Operator Tasks

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

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With a median salary of only $61K (about half the top paying employer's rate), U.S. Navy lags significantly in the earnings department.

Pay by Experience Level for Nuclear Power Reactor Operator

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


For Nuclear Power Reactor Operators, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average inexperienced worker earns $71K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $82K. Nuclear Power Reactor Operators bring in $97K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $101K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Key Stats for Nuclear Power Reactor Operator

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 18 votes.
036
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
36%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Nuclear Power Reactor Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

National Average
$83,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
36%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 96%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
vision benefits
Vision: 81%
dental benefits
None: 3%
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