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mtr1514

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NLO pay wage
« on: Mar 22, 2010, 11:50 »
Hello everyone,

It was my understanding that NLO's started at about $24-28/hr but jumped up to over $35/hr after qualification.  Is that somewhere in the ballpark.

After talking to a Harris plant recruiter, that isn't the case.  It was just mentioned that I could possibly be a senior auxiliary operator after 18 months.

Can anyone elaborate?  What do most plants offer?

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Re: NLO pay wage
« Reply #1 on: Mar 23, 2010, 11:25 »
Your numbers are pretty close to what my plant pays NAO's. When fully qualified (about 2 years) our NAO's are making between $34 and $35 per hour and currently top out around $39. I believe we are on the higher side of the NAO pay scale but you can expect to be making at least in the low $30's, as a fully qualified Auxiliary Operator, just about anywhere. However, I read a post here discussing a utility that starts Reactor Operators at $33 so I would hate to see what Auxiliary Operators make there! Good luck.
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Re: NLO pay wage
« Reply #2 on: Mar 23, 2010, 11:52 »
Topped out NLO at Calvert is 38 per hour. A principle is 10% higher

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« Reply #3 on: Mar 25, 2010, 08:18 »
Thanks for the responses.

I guess what I looking to find out that I havent seen in any thread is how are the pay increases distributed for a NLO during and after qualifying?  I know Excelon and Constellation start there NLO's about $24.50-26/hr walking in the door and then in 12-14 months after qualifing they are making over $40/hr.  I heard other plants give wage increase even during qualification after certain watch station qual's.

Are all plants this way? Only reason I ask is that I have a job offer at one plant for a non-operations position but have an invitation for another plant for a NLO position.  I'm just trying to gauge what the NLO payscale will be after a year or so.

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Re: NLO pay wage
« Reply #4 on: Mar 25, 2010, 08:51 »
Thanks for the responses.

I guess what I looking to find out that I havent seen in any thread is how are the pay increases distributed for a NLO during and after qualifying?  I know Excelon and Constellation start there NLO's about $24.50-26/hr walking in the door and then in 12-14 months after qualifing they are making over $40/hr.  I heard other plants give wage increase even during qualification after certain watch station qual's.

Are all plants this way? Only reason I ask is that I have a job offer at one plant for a non-operations position but have an invitation for another plant for a NLO position.  I'm just trying to gauge what the NLO payscale will be after a year or so.

You could always ask the folks that are interviewing / hiring you - they usually know, and I don't think they would keep it a secret. Every plant/ utility has it's own idiosyncrasies as far as advancement and pay. Asking about other places won't answer the specifics you really need to know in order to make the decision you seem to want to make.

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Re: NLO pay wage
« Reply #5 on: Mar 26, 2010, 07:18 »
Thanks for the responses.

I guess what I looking to find out that I havent seen in any thread is how are the pay increases distributed for a NLO during and after qualifying?  I know Excelon and Constellation start there NLO's about $24.50-26/hr walking in the door and then in 12-14 months after qualifing they are making over $40/hr.  I heard other plants give wage increase even during qualification after certain watch station qual's.

Are all plants this way? Only reason I ask is that I have a job offer at one plant for a non-operations position but have an invitation for another plant for a NLO position.  I'm just trying to gauge what the NLO payscale will be after a year or so.

At Calvert, there are 5 steps in the NLO pay scale. The topped out operator is a step 5 at ~ 38.00/hour. A Navy nuke comes in at a step 3. After qualifying 2 watches I believe he is bumped up to a 4. A non-experienced person comes in at a step 1. There is a 5% difference between each step. On the average it takes about 2 years to get fully qualified. This was the process when I started so it may differ some now. This can be cleared up at your interview. Good luck. BTW Calvert is getting ready to hire again. Keep an eye on their job postings.

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« Reply #6 on: Mar 26, 2010, 11:06 »
Thanks for the responses.

I guess what I looking to find out that I havent seen in any thread is how are the pay increases distributed for a NLO during and after qualifying?  I know Excelon and Constellation start there NLO's about $24.50-26/hr walking in the door and then in 12-14 months after qualifing they are making over $40/hr.  I heard other plants give wage increase even during qualification after certain watch station qual's.

Are all plants this way? Only reason I ask is that I have a job offer at one plant for a non-operations position but have an invitation for another plant for a NLO position.  I'm just trying to gauge what the NLO payscale will be after a year or so.

Unfortunately, every utility is different, and there is no one answer to your question. Even in Exelon, which you mention you know about, each plant is vastly different. We have union and non-union plants, and each handles NLO pay and raises in different ways, and at different rates. The local economies and "traditions" that existed at the plants before Exelon took over also influence how things are done.

So in short, you will have to ask someone at each individual plant how things are done there, to get full picture.

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Re: NLO pay wage
« Reply #7 on: Mar 26, 2010, 01:30 »
Great answer Justin.  Thank you much.  I will take that route and seek to communicate with someone who works in Operations at that plant.

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Re: NLO pay wage
« Reply #8 on: Feb 12, 2011, 11:53 »
Does anyone know the starting pay rate for NLO/AO at Diablo Canyon for an ex-nuke w/ 10 years experience and Excelsior degree? (I understand the degree doesn't necessarily mean "pay raise" at most plants, as it is just a bargaining chip.) It seems anything about that plant is like trying to find out information about Area 51. Also, does anyone know if this is a union plant for ops positions?
« Last Edit: Feb 12, 2011, 11:54 by wokrdan »

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Re: NLO pay wage
« Reply #9 on: Feb 12, 2011, 12:02 »
Normally there isn't really any wiggle room with negotiating hourly pay wages union or non-union. Usually there are established pay bands and step progression schemes. YMMV though.

My plant is non-union and we all came in at the same wage (about 24.00) We received a letter listing our pay progression. It was a 30 month progression that started when we qualified. There were 6 month and annual incremental bumps.

We qualify everything at once. The training program is a little over a year from Day 1 of Classroom until you take your field test for qualifications.

Our plant tops out at around 43.00/hr for top rate NLOs

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Re: NLO pay wage
« Reply #10 on: Feb 12, 2011, 12:33 »
There may be no wiggle room for TOP starting pay but there are almost always increments of increased pay due to experience AND/OR level of education.  For instance, A person with no experience and the minimum education might start at 23$ an hour at a utility, while a person with 10 years of experience and some extra education might start out at 28$ an hour for the exact same job.  Navy experience is not always given a 1 to 1 ratio with true commercial experience, but experience to pay judgements are probably very different at different plants.  I've seen this in job offers I turned down and job offers I accepted, and friends of mine have talked about this.

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« Reply #11 on: Feb 12, 2011, 01:13 »

is a union plant for ops positions?



Operators at DCPP are members of the bargaining unit.
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« Reply #12 on: Feb 21, 2011, 06:29 »
I don't wish to share my plant name or company affiliation, but the wage I was offered as a new NLO in training was $33.45 starting.. just to add a "data point" to the discussion. I have no idea what the wage progression is after training, if any..


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« Reply #13 on: Feb 23, 2011, 11:30 »
Thats better than the $25.00/hr for an NLO in training at SouthernNC.

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« Reply #14 on: Feb 23, 2011, 02:20 »
Thats better than the $25.00/hr for an NLO in training at SouthernNC.

whats your progression like though? If it trends right, you will eventually be making more money then higher starting guys. for example, as per smooth operators post, they start at 24, but bump to 43 in 30 months. (thats astounding!), whereas my plant starts at 31, and bumps to 39 in 24 months (thats capped minus 3% tenure raises)


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« Reply #15 on: Feb 23, 2011, 04:58 »
Southern tops out NLO's at $33.XX.
« Last Edit: Jan 10, 2012, 06:02 by buckeye99 »

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« Reply #16 on: Feb 23, 2011, 05:08 »
Thats better than the $25.00/hr for an NLO in training at SouthernNC.

That depends on which plant site you are working.  It is lower at two and higher at one initially.

Southern tops out an NLO's at $29.XX.

That depends on which plant site you are working.  It is higher at one plant site.

BUT, stay tuned.  All of those numbers are about to change and change drastically.

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« Reply #17 on: Feb 23, 2011, 05:31 »
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« Reply #18 on: Feb 23, 2011, 05:38 »
That depends on which plant site you are working.  It is lower at two and higher at one initially.

That depends on which plant site you are working.  It is higher at one plant site.

BUT, stay tuned.  All of those numbers are about to change and change drastically.

Well yeah, the pay better go up, now that they don't let you have all the fries you can eat in the take-out box! :P

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« Reply #19 on: Feb 23, 2011, 07:51 »
Well yeah, the pay better go up, now that they don't let you have all the fries you can eat in the take-out box! :P

Really, it was a small box.



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Re: NLO pay wage
« Reply #20 on: Feb 23, 2011, 09:01 »
I'm not complaining about the wage. After a year of being unemployed, I would have done it for less. There are many others that would not agree with my opinion and are ready to jump ship to another utility, locals included.

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Re: NLO pay wage
« Reply #21 on: Feb 28, 2011, 01:03 »
At my plant NLO's start out around $26/hr and there are raises every step, with a fully qualified NLO making just over $35/hr. We get a little more than a $1/hr increase each year per our union contract. Also per this contract RO's make $5 more an hour than the qualified NLO plus their $9,000 annual license bonus.

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« Reply #22 on: Feb 28, 2011, 09:56 »
I'm not complaining about the wage. After a year of being unemployed, I would have done it for less. There are many others that would not agree with my opinion and are ready to jump ship to another utility, locals included.

This is managements (fire training) response to SO's leaving.  To their credit they haven't lost a foundation yet!



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« Reply #23 on: Mar 01, 2011, 01:44 »
So no one has answered my question yet. I get that it's going to start fairly low at DCPP for a new hire even with experience, but when looking for a house anywhere remotely near the area, the best I found was a double-wide for $200K. I've heard great things about this place, but if I'm going to be living paycheck to paycheck just to make my mortgage, it almost makes it not worth even applying. Can anyone give me a range on hourly pay for AO/NLO's there? It would be greatly appreciated.

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« Reply #24 on: Mar 01, 2011, 02:22 »
So no one has answered my question yet. I get that it's going to start fairly low at DCPP for a new hire even with experience, but when looking for a house anywhere remotely near the area, the best I found was a double-wide for $200K. I've heard great things about this place, but if I'm going to be living paycheck to paycheck just to make my mortgage, it almost makes it not worth even applying. Can anyone give me a range on hourly pay for AO/NLO's there? It would be greatly appreciated.

It ain't going to be more than most other places that already posted. It will be in the range people have been posting.

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« Reply #25 on: Mar 01, 2011, 02:41 »
It ain't going to be more than most other places that already posted. It will be in the range people have been posting.



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Re: NLO pay wage
« Reply #26 on: Aug 14, 2012, 11:03 »
33/hr previous experience/technical degree at Ginna, otherwise I believe no experience/relevant degree is around 26. I heard Fully qualed AO, non-PPO, top out around 41-42. PPOs making 44ish tops.

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« Reply #27 on: Aug 17, 2012, 12:54 »
Duke will top you out at thirty four and change plus about 6% annual bonus. Where they bring you in depends on what you bring with you, minimum would be low mid twenties. Raises come every six months until you top out, you need to train to quals as you go but there is usually more than enough time to get it done. I believe license pay is about $5-6/hour and a slightly higher bonus percentage.
Although you can find some very expensive places to live around all Duke sites, but the overall cost of living is well below average, the quality of life is good. I wouldn't trade it for $50/hr. at an excelon site.

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« Reply #28 on: Aug 17, 2012, 06:21 »
VCS starts ex-nukes around 30, tech degrees around 24.  Top out is about 35.  The "bonus" program is a laughable 3% max for AO/NLO. 

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« Reply #29 on: Jan 29, 2013, 03:34 »
Palo Verde was offering 27-30/hr for new AO hires depending on experience.  It has gone down 2-3/hr from there over the past few years.  The problem is that the experienced AO's that make the most money are retiring, at many plants.  That makes the calculated average wage go down.  So when they benchmark pay with other plants, they can conclude that pay should go down to be in alignment with the rest of the industry.  Palo Verde is non-union so they can get away with this (a dirty trick if you ask me).  However it is cheap to live in Arizona and there are two outages per year and plenty of opportunity for overtime as an AO.  They are hiring large classes of AO's so there is opportunity to get your foot in the door, especially if you are ex-Navy.  They also have the largest license classes in the industry and this will likely continue for years due to so many retirements.  They have begun picking up qualified AO's to go instant SRO also.  I have seen people get selected for license class right after completing their AO qualifications.  There is a ton of competition for class spots now due to the number and quality of the AO's being hired.  AO qualifications take about two years from date of hire.  You get a small raise after half your quals are done.  Fully qualified AO's start at about 33.50/hr with 1.5x overtime and annual bonus up to about 9% base pay.  The shift differential pay is an insulting 1.20/hr for nightshifts.  They also get very small raises which probably cap out around 42/hr (only for the AO's that have been there forever).  Newly qualified RO's make just under 40/hr plus license bonus.  SRO's and STA's only get straight time OT.  However RO and SRO pay is top secret for whatever reason.  Don't expect to get an offer letter.  You won't know what you will make in training or what you'll make when training is over.  The only offer letter you will ever get is your training rate when hired to be an AO.  There is no retention bonus for license holders.  SRO instants and upgrades get a raise during class, but AO's stay at their AO rate.  So, you will lose almost all of your overtime for almost 2 years while in class.  Essentially you take a sizable pay cut for two years to go to class from the AO position, which really sucks.  By the way, APS pays operators at non-nuclear plants considerably more than the nuclear operators.  They start at 36/hr.  Then again, they are union.  Also, most other technicians at the site seem to make as much if not more than the AO's, and they don't do shift work.  They work 4 days at 10hr/day, a much better schedule.  You have a decent chance of getting a license at Palo Verde, but you will make less money than at other plants.  If you aren't interested in a license, you are probably better off going to a conventional plant or being a technician.  The pay and quality of life would be better.  The AO is just not as respected a position as it once was, at least in management's eyes.

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Re: NLO pay wage
« Reply #30 on: Jan 29, 2013, 11:13 »
From your post you look bitter.  I am sure it is just how it looks and not actual bitterness, but I am not sure.  Are you serious? Serious about the complaints?

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« Reply #31 on: Feb 03, 2013, 05:49 »
Does anyone have any current NLO pay wage information for Calvert Cliffs?

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« Reply #32 on: Feb 28, 2013, 12:04 »
From your post you look bitter.  I am sure it is just how it looks and not actual bitterness, but I am not sure.  Are you serious? Serious about the complaints?

XF

This is not a flame war, do not turn it into one, I have respect for what NLOs do.

No real bitterness.  They have been pretty good to me.  Like any job, there are always gripes.  I just remember how hard it was to find info when I was looking for a job years back.  I spoke to one of our new operators in training and he mentioned he wasn't happy and he wished he knew more before he was hired on etc.  So I figured I would just post some facts....good, bad or indifferent for anyone looking to come here. 

They did just bump AO pay up a buck an hour or so.  They are also really going after reducing overtime payouts and the workload is ever increasing.  That's business though.  Hopefully I will get picked up for license class next time around.  Once you get the license, you have options.  Anyway, it's a good place to get a license as the older guys are retiring.  It is getting tougher though as they are hiring 20-30 AOs per year.  So there is a lot more competition than in recent years.  However, they are now picking up AOs for instant SRO.  Hopefully those guys do well in this upcoming class and set a precedent for everyone else.  Personally, I think the only reason they are allowing AO instants is because they can't afford to take ROs off shift to upgrade them.  Most of them don't want to anyway since they will lose all overtime for 2 years to make the same money basically.  In fact, they just announced that all operators in training, even license training, cannot get overtime.  You get a few bonuses in class, but nowhere near enough to cover two years of no overtime.  So there it is.  So if you come here after reading this, you know what to expect.  18-24 months to qualify AO, a year at minimum before a license class starts probably, and 20-24 months of license class.  It would be a minimum of 5 years to get your license that way, assuming you impressed enough to beat out the 60 or so other AOs trying for that same class.  They are the biggest classes in the industry though.  I wish all the job hunters the best.  Good luck.

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« Reply #33 on: Mar 10, 2013, 01:35 »
Palo Verde was offering 27-30/hr for new AO hires depending on experience.  It has gone down 2-3/hr from there over the past few years.  The problem is that the experienced AO's that make the most money are retiring, at many plants.  That makes the calculated average wage go down.  So when they benchmark pay with other plants, they can conclude that pay should go down to be in alignment with the rest of the industry.  Palo Verde is non-union so they can get away with this (a dirty trick if you ask me).  However it is cheap to live in Arizona and there are two outages per year and plenty of opportunity for overtime as an AO.  They are hiring large classes of AO's so there is opportunity to get your foot in the door, especially if you are ex-Navy.  They also have the largest license classes in the industry and this will likely continue for years due to so many retirements.  They have begun picking up qualified AO's to go instant SRO also.  I have seen people get selected for license class right after completing their AO qualifications.  There is a ton of competition for class spots now due to the number and quality of the AO's being hired.  AO qualifications take about two years from date of hire.  You get a small raise after half your quals are done.  Fully qualified AO's start at about 33.50/hr with 1.5x overtime and annual bonus up to about 9% base pay.  The shift differential pay is an insulting 1.20/hr for nightshifts.  They also get very small raises which probably cap out around 42/hr (only for the AO's that have been there forever).  Newly qualified RO's make just under 40/hr plus license bonus.  SRO's and STA's only get straight time OT.  However RO and SRO pay is top secret for whatever reason.  Don't expect to get an offer letter.  You won't know what you will make in training or what you'll make when training is over.  The only offer letter you will ever get is your training rate when hired to be an AO.  There is no retention bonus for license holders.  SRO instants and upgrades get a raise during class, but AO's stay at their AO rate.  So, you will lose almost all of your overtime for almost 2 years while in class.  Essentially you take a sizable pay cut for two years to go to class from the AO position, which really sucks.  By the way, APS pays operators at non-nuclear plants considerably more than the nuclear operators.  They start at 36/hr.  Then again, they are union.  Also, most other technicians at the site seem to make as much if not more than the AO's, and they don't do shift work.  They work 4 days at 10hr/day, a much better schedule.  You have a decent chance of getting a license at Palo Verde, but you will make less money than at other plants.  If you aren't interested in a license, you are probably better off going to a conventional plant or being a technician.  The pay and quality of life would be better.  The AO is just not as respected a position as it once was, at least in management's eyes.

Well put. I agree that this is not a complaint in any fashion. This is good information to consider for people looking at getting into this industry.
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Re: NLO pay wage
« Reply #34 on: Mar 14, 2013, 02:13 »
The job posting for Quad Cities equipment operator (and I assume Byron since it was the same union) said starting at $29.xx and after 9-12 months of qualifying, it would be $45.xx.

Just wanted to add another data point...

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« Reply #35 on: Mar 14, 2014, 01:32 »
Does any one have the current starting pay rate of Comanche Peak Equipment Operators?  If you want to keep it private you can P.M. me if you know.

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« Reply #36 on: Mar 28, 2014, 03:57 »
The job posting for Quad Cities equipment operator (and I assume Byron since it was the same union) said starting at $29.xx and after 9-12 months of qualifying, it would be $45.xx.

Just wanted to add another data point...


That's the same pay for Limerick and Peach Bottom this year.

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Re: NLO pay wage
« Reply #37 on: Feb 15, 2016, 03:54 »
I recently accepted an offer for a Southeast plant and with prior Navy experience start is 31ish/hr.
« Last Edit: Feb 17, 2016, 12:07 by JROB »

Offline Jon92179

Re: NLO pay wage
« Reply #38 on: Feb 15, 2016, 11:58 »
JROB, do you know what the journeyman pay rate will be?

Offline Rerun

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« Reply #39 on: Feb 16, 2016, 03:03 »
@#$% thats low




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Offline JROB

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« Reply #40 on: Feb 16, 2016, 11:39 »
JROB, do you know what the journeyman pay rate will be?

Not sure. That is before completing the basic operator training.


Rerun, is it that low? I know it's not as much as some NE plants, but the start pay is better than I would have had at Comanche Peak.
« Last Edit: Feb 16, 2016, 11:46 by JROB »

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« Reply #41 on: Feb 17, 2016, 06:45 »
I recently accepted an offer for a Southeast plant and with prior Navy experience start is 31ish/hr.
That's really good starting pay. I started 5$ an hour less than that. How long is your training before you go to the plant?

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Re: NLO pay wage
« Reply #42 on: Feb 17, 2016, 12:42 »
That's really good starting pay. I started 5$ an hour less than that. How long is your training before you go to the plant?

5 months. April to August.

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« Reply #43 on: Feb 17, 2016, 04:48 »
That's not a bad wage to start off at.  We start most NLO's at 24/hr and top out at around 40ish.

Offline Rerun

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« Reply #44 on: Feb 17, 2016, 06:33 »
Yes its low. 24/hr is low too.

Offline JROB

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« Reply #45 on: Feb 18, 2016, 09:45 »
Well, regardless of where it stands, it's more than I initially expected and I'm happy with it.

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« Reply #47 on: Feb 18, 2016, 04:19 »
Looks to me like mid 30's is average: http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Nuclear_Power_Reactor_Operator/Salary


We're talking NLO's not RO's. That chart is incorrect big time.

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Re: NLO pay wage
« Reply #48 on: Feb 18, 2016, 09:23 »
31 is a low starting pay in the south?  Really?  Haven't seen much higher than that down south.

Offline Red Gold

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« Reply #49 on: Feb 19, 2016, 10:17 »
I've recently been hired by, I believe, the same utility JROB is going to be working for. Everyone ends up at a decent industry-competitive fully-qualified hourly pay when qualified. As a day-zero trainee / nublet / etc, what's offered can vary quite widely up and down the payscale, dependent on the new hire's qualifications, background, experience etc. Union plants are a totally different ball game, of course; usually, then, the starting rate for trainees is fixed in the contract, but obviously that depends on the bargaining unit in question.

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« Reply #50 on: Feb 19, 2016, 10:23 »
I have yet to see it as low as 31

Offline Red Gold

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« Reply #51 on: Feb 21, 2016, 07:17 »
I've certainly seen lower recently, albeit for candidates with limited experience. But I've seen higher too. Some plants are paying in the high 30s/hr for brand new trainees with just an Associates' and no experience. Of course, these are union plants, and also they're not always in the most desirable locations. Same old factors, I guess.
« Last Edit: Feb 21, 2016, 07:38 by Red Gold »

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Re: NLO pay wage
« Reply #52 on: Feb 22, 2016, 02:25 »
We're talking NLO's not RO's. That chart is incorrect big time.


Okay, so how about this? http://www.nei.org/Careers-Education/Careers-in-the-Nuclear-Industry/Help-for-Your-Job-Search/Sample-Job-Descriptions-and-Salaries/Non-Licensed-Operator

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The median salary for a non-licensed operator is $65,080. Actual earnings may be higher due to overtime, bonuses and incentive compensation.

$65,080/2080=$31.29/hour, not counting shift pay.

Obviously this is the median. So location can make it fluctuate, as we all know. What is good down south seams ridiculously low to someone who spent their time up north. [2cents]

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« Reply #53 on: Feb 22, 2016, 03:00 »
Made lots more money in the South. I have yet to see an operator anywhere get less than 6 figures

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« Reply #54 on: Feb 22, 2016, 06:23 »
All brand new NLOs make >100K down South?  silliness.  Maybe when they are topped out.

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« Reply #55 on: Feb 22, 2016, 08:16 »
Man I realized a didnt state that correctly. Their base pay is about 77k with ot they make 6 figures

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« Reply #56 on: Feb 22, 2016, 10:07 »
....What is good down south seams ridiculously low to someone who spent their time up north. [2cents]

It's called the "Sunshine Bonus".

been there, dun that,... the doormat to hell does not read "welcome", the doormat to hell reads "it's just business"

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« Reply #57 on: Feb 23, 2016, 12:59 »
all NLOs down south start out at close to 40 bucks an hour????  NO.  Maybe some start out that high but not all of them. Probably not most of them.  I don't even think they top out at 40 an hour at Oconee.  Maybe things have changed since 2014.

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Re: NLO pay wage
« Reply #58 on: Feb 23, 2016, 09:13 »
Man I realized a didnt state that correctly. Their base pay is about 77k with ot they make 6 figures

$77,000/2080=$37.02 base wage. OT is OT and comes and goes but the base wage is what you really live on.

Looks like we are circling back...
Looks to me like mid 30's is average: http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Nuclear_Power_Reactor_Operator/Salary

...but are we talking NLO or RO
We're talking NLO's not RO's. That chart is incorrect big time.

It's called the "Sunshine Bonus".
Fair weather is indeed a bonus. Cost of living plays a part as well.

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« Reply #59 on: Feb 23, 2016, 01:26 »
Yeah you can't assume everyone is going to be eating up that OT, plus we are talking starting wage here, and down south it is much lower in most cases than up north.  I know NLOs up north are more likely to top out closer to 45 or 50 (I think Diablo Canyon may be over 50) an hour, but down South I'm pretty sure most plants top out below 40 an hour.  So if you are starting at 31/hr and top pay is below 40/hr, IMHO you are doing ok. 

 


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