Men represent the vast majority of Waste Water Plant Operators in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $18.45 per hour nationwide. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Work is enjoyable for Waste Water Plant Operators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,138 - $68,817
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$69K
MEDIAN: $45,385
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$13.12 - $25.91
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$30,138 - $68,817  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,081  
Profit Sharing
$1,526  
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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$28,242 - $61,730  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 158
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.12 - $25.91  
   
Overtime
$19.58 - $44.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,081  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,526  
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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$28,242 - $61,730  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 561

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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.

Common Career Paths for Waste Water Plant Operator


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Waste Water Plant Operators who advance into the role of a Wastewater Treatment Plant Superintendent are fairly uncommon. Wastewater Treatment Plant Superintendents on average earn $56K per year. Waste Water Plant Operators most often move into Water Treatment Operator or Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant roles. However, the former pays $2K less on average, and the latter pays $1K less.

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Pay by Experience Level for Waste Water Plant Operator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Waste Water Plant Operators do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $37K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $42K. Waste Water Plant Operators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $48K. Waste Water Plant Operators who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $51K on average.

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Key Stats for Waste Water Plant Operator

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 94 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Waste Water Plant Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Waste Water Plant Operator Salaries


Equipment Maintenance
up arrow 6%

Plant Maintenance
0%

National Average
$41,000

Mechanical Tool Repair
up arrow 6%

Machine Operation
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 94 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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