Nuclear Technician Salary

Pay for Nuclear Technicians in the United States sits in the ballpark of $29.86 per hour. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Men make up the vast majority of Nuclear Technicians (81 percent) who took the survey. In this profession, a large number enjoy medical and dental coverage, and a fair number have vision insurance, as well. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$39,732 - $89,805
(Median)
$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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$0$50K$100K$150K
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.


People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $65K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $73K. For Nuclear Technicians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $72K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $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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