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Accelerator Operator Salary
in Chicago, Illinois

$73,929 (USD)

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Last updated: June 18, 2019

Salary Recap

The average pay for an Accelerator Operator is $73,929 a year and $36 an hour in Chicago, Illinois, United States. The average salary range for an Accelerator Operator is between $53,023 and $91,229. On average, an Associate Degree is the highest level of education for an Accelerator Operator. This compensation analysis is based on salary survey data collected directly from employers and anonymous employees in Chicago, Illinois.

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Job Summary

  • Controls operation of particle accelerator used in research experiments involving properties of subatomic particles: reviews experiment schedule to ascertain particle beam parameters specified by experimenter (scientist), such as energy, intensity, and repetition rate.
  • Communicates with accelerator maintenance personnel to ensure readiness of support systems, such as vacuum, water cooling, and radiofrequency power source.
  • Sets control panel switches, according to standard procedures, to route electric power from source and direct particle beam through injector unit.
  • Turns panel controls and watches meters and panel lights to adjust beam steering units and direct beam to accelerator.
  • Pushes console buttons in prescribed sequence to control beam path in accelerator.
  • Adjusts controls to increase beam pulse rate, energy, and intensity to specified levels.
  • Notifies experimenter in target control room when beam parameters meet specifications.
  • Pushes control levers to steer beam to experimenter's target, as directed.
  • Monitors readings at console during experiment to ensure accelerator systems meet specifications and notifies experimenter of condition.
  • Alters beam parameters during experiment as directed.
  • Ensures that maintenance workers vacate hazardous locations before operations.
  • Records data in log relative to beam specifications, equipment settings used, and beam conditions obtained for future reference.
  • Participates in maintenance and modification of systems as member of team.
  • May be designated according to type of accelerator operated.
Accelerator Operator Job Prevalence in Chicago, Illinois, United States

Job family: Nuclear Technicians

Job family population: 6,850

Estimated population of Accelerator Operator jobs: 501

Rate of error: 7.3%

Salary Potential

Estimated salary in 2024:
5 Year Change:
16 %



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Accelerator Operator Job Listings for Chicago, Illinois

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