Training Requirements for Nuclear Power Reactor Operators

Nuclear power reactor operators need a high school diploma or equivalent and long-term on-the-job training.

Degrees for Nuclear power reactor operators
Percent
Less than High School 1.4
High School 30.6
Some College 32.1
Associates Degree 18.3
Bachelors Degree 14.6
Masters Degree 2.7
Doctorate or Professional Degree 0.3

Employment Outlook for Nuclear Power Reactor Operators

This represents about 7,000 people in the United States.

Over the next 10 years there will be aproximately 0 less nuclear power reactor operators but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 2,000 more.

Typical Income for Nuclear Power Reactor Operators

Hourly Income

On average,nuclear power reactor operators make $43.93 per hour.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Nuclear power reactor operators $31.90 $37.81 $43.83 $50.24 $58.45
Production occupations $9.96 $11.98 $15.93 $21.81 $28.99
Plant and system operators $15.71 $20.71 $27.93 $36.29 $44.47
Power plant operators, distributors, and dispatchers $23.17 $30.73 $37.68 $45.11 $50.83
National Average $9.27 $11.60 $17.81 $28.92 $45.45

Annual Salaries

On average, nuclear power reactor operators make $91,370 per year.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Nuclear power reactor operators $66,350 $78,640 $91,170 $104,490 $121,570
Production occupations $20,720 $24,920 $33,130 $45,360 $60,300
Plant and system operators $32,680 $43,080 $58,100 $75,490 $92,500
Power plant operators, distributors, and dispatchers $48,200 $63,920 $78,370 $93,830 $105,730
National Average $19,290 $24,140 $37,040 $60,150 $94,540

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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