Information About Nuclear Power Reactor Operators

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Training

Nuclear power reactor operators need long-term on-the-job training.

Degrees for Nuclear power reactor operators
Training for Nuclear Power Reactor Operators
Percent
Less than High School 2.3
High School 36.1
Some College 33.2
Associates Degree 13.7
Bachelors Degree 12.7
Masters Degree 1.7
Doctorate or Professional Degree 0.2

Employment

Represents about 5,000 people in the United States- 0.0% of which are self-employed

Employment prospects are up Over the next 5 years there will be aproximately 1,000 more nuclear power reactor operators but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 2,000 more.


Hourly Income

On average, nuclear power reactor operators make $37.28 per hour.

Hourly Income Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Nuclear power reactor operators $26.90 $31.70 $36.80 $42.60 $48.90
Production occupations $8.95 $10.90 $14.70 $20.00 $26.80
National Average $8.65 $10.70 $16.50 $26.60 $41.00

Annual Salaries

On average, nuclear power reactor operators make $77,550 per year.

Annual Salary Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Nuclear power reactor operators $55,980 $65,930 $76,590 $88,730 $101,730
Production occupations $18,620 $22,860 $30,670 $41,740 $55,910
National Average $18,000 $22,380 $34,460 $55,470 $85,280

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

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