Nuclear Technician Salary

The average Nuclear Technician in the United States earns approximately $29.86 per hour. Most report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect vision insurance. Nuclear Technicians who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 81 percent. Work is enjoyable for Nuclear Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,732 - $89,805
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$40K
$68K
$90K
MEDIAN: $68,126
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$17.93 - $41.30
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$41
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$39,732 - $89,805  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,137  
Total Pay (?
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$38,571 - $102,644  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 38
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.93 - $41.30  
   
Overtime
$32.99 - $64.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,137  
   
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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$38,571 - $102,644  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 45
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Job Description for Nuclear Technician

Nuclear technicians generally work in nuclear production settings and monitor multiple operations at once to ensure that appropriate levels of nuclear power are produced. They may also test and troubleshoot various machines to ensure that they are functioning properly. Some technicians may also be required to gather and analyze data to determine the quality of certain systems, which may require strong computer skills.

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Nuclear Technician Tasks

  • Test for radioactive contamination in soil, water, and other samples.
  • Instruct staff on radiation safety procedures, and maintain radiation monitoring equipment.
  • Measure levels and determine types of radiation produced by nuclear experiments and power generation.

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Pay by Experience Level for Nuclear Technician

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


Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $65K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $73K. Nuclear Technicians see a median salary of $72K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Nuclear Technicians 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 $83K.

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Experience Affects Nuclear Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Experienced
up arrow 1%

National Average
$71,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
medical benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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