The average pay for a Nuclear Power Reactor Operator is $71,980 per year.
Nuclear Power Reactor Operator Total Pay (?
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$38,429 - $112,375
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $71,979
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Nuclear Power Reactor Operator Total Pay (?
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$21.38 - $46.97
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MEDIAN: $35.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$38,429 - $112,375  
   
Bonus
$0.86 - $19,471  
Profit Sharing
$3,052 - $12,000  
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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$44,648 - $121,648  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 23 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 179
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$21.38 - $46.97  
   
Overtime
$32.67 - $71.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.86 - $19,471  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,052 - $12,000  
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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$44,648 - $121,648  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 23 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 179
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Nuclear Power Reactor Operator
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
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Experience Affects Nuclear Power Reactor Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%
Experienced
up arrow 14%
National Average
$80,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 12%
Entry-Level
up arrow 18%
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Gender
Female
2%
female alumni
 
Male
98%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
14%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 5%
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