Waste Water Plant Operator Salary

The average rate for a Waste Water Plant Operator is $18.55 per hour. A skill in Operations Management is associated with high pay for this job.
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$30,042 - $71,464
$30K
$46K
$71K
MEDIAN: $45,922
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50%
90%

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$13.31 - $25.72
$13
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $18.53
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$30,042 - $71,464  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,551  
Profit Sharing
$1,750  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$28,508 - $61,055  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 171
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.31 - $25.72  
   
Overtime
$19.90 - $41.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,551  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,750  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$28,508 - $61,055  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 645

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Job Description for Waste Water Plant Operator

Waste water plant operators ensure drinking water is safe for consumption by the general public. To conduct this task, operators use many types of equipment that are usually housed in very large plants. The machines inside the plants intake water from many sources ranging from rivers to streams to sewers. The main task of an operator is to monitor the machines, as well as maintain and take measurements/readings of the data the equipment collects. Operators must pay close attention to the smell of the water as it is being processed, as well as the contents of the water observed on a microscopic level. The operator usually works during regular business hours, and their position is hands on and may be dangerous.

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Waste Water Plant Operator Tasks

  • Operate machines to transfer or treat waste water.
  • Test water and sewage samples.
  • Inspect machines and operating conditions to detect malfunctions.

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Pay by Experience Level for Waste Water Plant Operator

Pay by Experience for a Waste Water Plant Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Waste Water Plant Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 368 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Waste Water Plant Operator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 236 salaries. An experienced Waste Water Plant Operator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 189 salaries. A Waste Water Plant Operator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 97 salaries.

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Key Stats for Waste Water Plant Operator

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 124 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Waste Water Plant Operator Salaries

▲22%

▲16%

▲1%

National Average
$41,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Waste Water Plant Operator Salaries


Equipment Maintenance
▲6%

National Average
$41,000

Plant Maintenance
▼1%

Mechanical Tool Repair
▼6%

Machine Operation
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 124 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
no benefits
None: 9%
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