Nuclear Power Reactor Operator Salary (United States)

The average pay for a Nuclear Power Reactor Operator is $70,221 per year.
Nuclear Power Reactor Operator Total Pay (?
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$37,000 - $106,243
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MEDIAN: $70,220
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Nuclear Power Reactor Operator Total Pay (?
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$21.74 - $48.81
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MEDIAN: $36.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$37,000 - $106,243  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,440  
Profit Sharing
$1,601 - $10,500  
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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$42,066 - $119,164  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 164
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$21.74 - $48.81  
   
Overtime
$33.22 - $76.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,440  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,601 - $10,500  
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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$42,066 - $119,164  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 164
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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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Experience Affects Nuclear Power Reactor Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%
Experienced
up arrow 13%
National Average
$80,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 7%
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
9%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
13%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 5%
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