Nuclear Power Reactor Operator Salary

Men make up the majority of Nuclear Power Reactor Operators in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $74K annually. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Nuclear Power Reactor Operators. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$39,842 - $104,148
(Median)
$40K
$74K
$100K
MEDIAN: $74,460
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$23.49 - $54.56
(Median)
$23
$38
$55
MEDIAN: $37.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$39,842 - $104,148  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,819  
Profit Sharing
$1,601  
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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$46,052 - $118,887  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 97
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$23.49 - $54.56  
   
Overtime
$43.24 - $74.76  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,819  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,601  
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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$46,052 - $118,887  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 36
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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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $69K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $77K on average. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $86K in this role. 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 $98K.

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Experience Affects Nuclear Power Reactor Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$80,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 75%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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