Nuclear Power Reactor Operator Salary

A sizeable majority of Nuclear Power Reactor Operators in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $72K annually. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Though the majority of Nuclear Power Reactor Operators do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$43,205 - $114,901
$43K
$73K
$110K
MEDIAN: $73,029
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$32.01 - $54.04
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MEDIAN: $42.23
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$0$123K
Salary $43,205 - $114,901
Bonus $1,969 - $19,933
Total Pay (?
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$49,594 - $123,632
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 70
Hourly Data $0$100
Hourly Rate $32.01 - $54.04
Overtime $43.60 - $100.00
Annual Data $0$123K
Bonus $1,969 - $19,933
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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$49,594 - $123,632
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 34

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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

  • Monitor plant parameters to ensure safe operation of reactor and turbine systems.
  • Instruct, plan, and direct the work of non-licensed operators.
  • Perform equipment switching and tagging for clearance operations.
  • Prepare clearances from drawings and prints.
  • Maintain proper lubrication of equipment.

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U.S. Navy offers the lowest pay in the industry by far, with a median salary about half the top paying employer's rate ($61K).

Pay by Experience Level for Nuclear Power Reactor Operator

Pay by Experience for a Nuclear Power Reactor Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Nuclear Power Reactor Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 29 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Nuclear Power Reactor Operator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $84,000 based on 49 salaries. An experienced Nuclear Power Reactor Operator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $100,000 based on 33 salaries. A Nuclear Power Reactor Operator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $102,000 based on 10 salaries.

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Key Stats for Nuclear Power Reactor Operator

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 22 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
38%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Nuclear Power Reactor Operator Salaries

Late-Career
▲19%

Experienced
▲16%

National Average
$86,000

Mid-Career
▼3%

Entry-Level
▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
38%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 100%
dental benefits
Dental: 88%
vision benefits
Vision: 84%
no benefits
None:
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