Nuclear Technician Salary

The average Nuclear Technician in the United States earns approximately $31.02 per hour. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. In this profession, most enjoy medical and dental coverage, and a majority have vision insurance, as well. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,521 - $90,242
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$35K
$69K
$90K
MEDIAN: $68,817
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$17.55 - $41.61
(Median)
$18
$31
$42
MEDIAN: $31.00
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Salary
$34,521 - $90,242  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,067  
Total Pay (?
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$36,293 - $106,420  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 37
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.55 - $41.61  
   
Overtime
$35.93 - $64.58  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,067  
   
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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$36,293 - $106,420  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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.


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $66K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $73K on average. Nuclear Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $72K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $83K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Nuclear Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Experienced
0%

National Average
$72,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

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
29%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 15%
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