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Nuclear Power Reactor Operator Salary Information

The salary statistics of nuclear power reactor operators are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of nuclear power reactor operators within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The nuclear power reactor operators annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Nuclear Power Reactor Operator Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$66,350
25th Percentile Wage
$78,640
50th Percentile Wage
$91,170
75th Percentile Wage
$104,490
90th Percentile Wage
$121,570

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for nuclear power reactor operators. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) nuclear power reactor operators is $121,570. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $91,170. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $66,350. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 83% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of nuclear power reactor operators from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201691,1702.86%17.75%
201588,5606.84%-
201482,5005.03%-
201378,3504.29%-
201274,990--

Table 2. Nuclear Power Reactor Operator Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of nuclear power reactor operators in 3 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for nuclear power reactor operators occupations is the management of companies and enterprises sector with an annual salary $94,590. The lowest paying sector is the professional, scientific, and technical services sector (annual salary $87,520).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$94,590
Utilities
$92,820
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$87,520

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Nuclear Power Reactor Operators by States

From the above tables we note that not only nuclear power reactor operators salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of nuclear power reactor operators in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $58,650 to $103,470. The highest paying state for nuclear power reactor operators is New York with a median annual salary of $103,470. The lowest paying state is Texas with a median annual salary of $58,650. For more salary information of nuclear power reactor operators profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
New York
$103,470
Pennsylvania
$95,410
New Jersey
$89,890
Virginia
$88,930
Tennessee
$84,360
South Carolina
$76,420
Texas
$58,650



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