Nuclear Technician Salary

Nuclear Technicians in the United States can expect wages of $30.24 per hour on average. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. In this profession, most enjoy medical and dental coverage, and more than half have vision insurance, as well. Making up 79 percent of those who took the survey, male Nuclear Technicians greatly outnumber their female counterparts. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,521 - $90,242

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$17.55 - $41.61

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$34,521 - $90,242  
   
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$0.00 - $10,101  
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$36,293 - $105,351  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 37
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$17.55 - $41.61  
   
Overtime
$35.75 - $64.68  
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$0.00 - $10,101  
   
Total Pay (?
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$36,293 - $105,351  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 40
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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 $62K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $72K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $72K in this role. Nuclear Technicians who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $83K.

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Experience Affects Nuclear Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Experienced
up arrow 1%

National Average
$71,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 15%
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