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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 $74K annually in the United States. Work is enjoyable for Nuclear Power Reactor Operators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$38,259 - $102,731
(Median)
$38K
$74K
$100K
MEDIAN: $73,663
10%
50%
90%

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$23.27 - $48.94
(Median)
$23
$37
$49
MEDIAN: $36.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$38,259 - $102,731  
   
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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$43,614 - $117,498  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 94
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$23.27 - $48.94  
   
Overtime
$38.73 - $72.88  
National Annualized Data (?
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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).
)
$43,614 - $117,498  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 35

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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. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $65K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $80K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $85K. As Nuclear Power Reactor Operators reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $96K.

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Experience Affects Nuclear Power Reactor Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$80,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

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
19%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 96% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 3%