Men account for the majority of Nuclear Power Reactor Operators in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $65K per year. The specific employer and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to most. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$36,759 - $107,751
(Median)
$37K
$65K
$110K
MEDIAN: $65,246
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$29.09 - $53.82
(Median)
$29
$40
$54
MEDIAN: $40
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$36,759 - $107,751  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,000  
Total Pay (?
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$40,547 - $117,210  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 66
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$29.09 - $53.82  
   
Overtime
$43.63 - $83.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,000  
   
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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$40,547 - $117,210  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 25
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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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Just about half of the top paying company's median, U.S. Navy offers a median salary of just $60K, consistently last on the pay scale ladder by far.

Pay by Experience Level for Nuclear Power Reactor Operator

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


The average inexperienced worker earns $70K. It's worth noting that someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a smaller median salary of $66K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $87K in this role. Nuclear Power Reactor Operators who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $99K.

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Experience Affects Nuclear Power Reactor Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

National Average
$78,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
medical benefits
Vision: 81%
dental benefits
None: 3%
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