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 $73K per year. Most Nuclear Power Reactor Operators report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage.

$37,866 - $102,255

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$24.59 - $51.50

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$37,866 - $102,255  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,424  
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$44,519 - $117,089  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 101
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Hourly Rate
$24.59 - $51.50  
   
Overtime
$38.73 - $72.90  
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$0.00 - $16,424  
   
Total Pay (?
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$44,519 - $117,089  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 35
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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

  • 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 Nuclear Power Reactor Operators, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $64K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $79K. For Nuclear Power Reactor Operators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $85K. Nuclear Power Reactor Operators who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $96K.

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Experience Affects Nuclear Power Reactor Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$79,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 74% employee benefits None: 4%
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