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Nuclear Power Reactor Operator Salary (United States)

The average pay for a Nuclear Power Reactor Operator is $71,750 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job.
Nuclear Power Reactor Operator Salary (?
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$39,049 - $102,951
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MEDIAN: $71,749
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Nuclear Power Reactor Operator Salary (?
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$21.29 - $48.60
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MEDIAN: $37.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$39,049 - $102,951  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,380  
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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$44,393 - $118,371  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 104
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$21.29 - $48.60  
   
Overtime
$39.16 - $75.20  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,380  
   
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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$44,393 - $118,371  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 41
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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

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Experience Affects Nuclear Power Reactor Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%
Experienced
up arrow 10%
National Average
$80,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 5%
Entry-Level
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
1%
female alumni
 
Male
99%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 6%