The average rate for a Waste Water Plant Operator is $17.15 per hour. A skill in Operations Management is associated with high pay for this job.
Waste Water Plant Operator Total Pay (?
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$27,423 - $65,949
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MEDIAN: $40,709
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Waste Water Plant Operator Total Pay (?
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$11.93 - $25.15
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$27,423 - $65,949  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,016  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $4,750  
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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$26,059 - $59,298  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 23 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 609
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.93 - $25.15  
   
Overtime
$16.83 - $39.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,016  
   
Profit Sharing
$500 - $4,750  
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).
)
$26,059 - $59,298  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 23 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 609
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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
  • Inspect machines and operating conditions to detect malfunctions.
  • Test water and sewage samples.
  • Operate machines to transfer or treat waste water.
Pay by Experience Level for Waste Water Plant Operator
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
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Experience Affects Waste Water Plant Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%
Experienced
up arrow 20%
Mid-Career
up arrow 3%
National Average
$39,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 13%
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Gender
Female
3%
female alumni
 
Male
97%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
13%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 11%
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