Nuclear Power Reactor Operator Salary

Men make up the majority of Nuclear Power Reactor Operators in the United States, bringing in about $72K annually. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. 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.

$45,009 - $112,716
$45K
$72K
$110K
MEDIAN: $72,280
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$30.96 - $54.15
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$0$122K
Salary $45,009 - $112,716
Bonus $1,957 - $20,273
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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$48,623 - $122,971
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 69
Hourly Data $0$100
Hourly Rate $30.96 - $54.15
Overtime $43.40 - $100.67
Annual Data $0$122K
Bonus $1,957 - $20,273
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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$48,623 - $122,971
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 31

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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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Popular Employer Salaries for Nuclear Power Reactor Operator


U.S. Navy offers the lowest pay in the industry by far, with a median salary about half the top paying employer's rate ($61K).

Pay by Experience Level for Nuclear Power Reactor Operator

Pay by Experience for a Nuclear Power Reactor Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Nuclear Power Reactor Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 29 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Nuclear Power Reactor Operator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $84,000 based on 49 salaries. An experienced Nuclear Power Reactor Operator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $100,000 based on 33 salaries. A Nuclear Power Reactor Operator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $102,000 based on 10 salaries.

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Key Stats for Nuclear Power Reactor Operator

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 20 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
37%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Nuclear Power Reactor Operator Salaries

Late-Career
▲22%

Experienced
▲18%

Mid-Career
▼0%

National Average
$84,000

Entry-Level
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
37%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 98%
dental benefits
Dental: 85%
vision benefits
Vision: 82%
no benefits
None: 2%
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