Nuclear Power Reactor Operator Salary

Nuclear Power Reactor Operators in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $72K per year. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Nuclear Power Reactor Operators. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$37,710 - $102,400
(Median)
$38K
$72K
$100K
MEDIAN: $72,222
10%
50%
90%

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$24.59 - $49.02
(Median)
$25
$37
$49
MEDIAN: $37.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$37,710 - $102,400  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,484  
Total Pay (?
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$44,393 - $117,937  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 100
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$24.59 - $49.02  
   
Overtime
$38.88 - $74.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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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 - $117,937  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 35
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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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $66K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $79K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Nuclear Power Reactor Operators make a median salary of $83K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $96K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Nuclear Power Reactor Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$79,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 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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