Nuclear Power Reactor Operator Salary

Male Nuclear Power Reactor Operators number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $72K per year in the United States. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Nuclear Power Reactor Operators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$38,618 - $101,377
(Median)
$39K
$72K
$100K
MEDIAN: $72,222
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90%

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$23.67 - $48.86
(Median)
$24
$37
$49
MEDIAN: $37.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$38,618 - $101,377  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,484  
Total Pay (?
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$44,393 - $116,723  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 98
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Hourly Rate
$23.67 - $48.86  
   
Overtime
$38.88 - $74.64  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,484  
   
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 - $116,723  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 37
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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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $66K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $79K on average — a distinctly larger sum. On average, Nuclear Power Reactor Operators make $83K following one to two decades on the job. Nuclear Power Reactor Operators who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $97K.

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Experience Affects Nuclear Power Reactor Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

National Average
$79,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

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
33%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 4%
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