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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 $73K annually. Work is enjoyable for Nuclear Power Reactor Operators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$38,259 - $101,739
(Median)
$38K
$73K
$100K
MEDIAN: $72,932
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90%

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$23.67 - $48.86
(Median)
$24
$38
$49
MEDIAN: $38.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$38,259 - $101,739  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,943  
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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$43,861 - $118,498  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 94
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$23.67 - $48.86  
   
Overtime
$38.88 - $74.64  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,943  
   
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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$43,861 - $118,498  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 37

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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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $66K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $80K. Nuclear Power Reactor Operators see a median salary of $84K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $97K.

 
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Experience Affects Nuclear Power Reactor Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$80,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 4%
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