Waste Water Plant Operator Salary (United States)

Men make up the majority of Waste Water Plant Operators in the in the United States, bringing in about $17.17 per hour. The range in pay spans from $12.00 per hour to $24.82. Medical benefits are awarded to the greater part, and around two-thirds earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Waste Water Plant Operator Salary (?
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$27,698 - $68,148
(Median)
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52K
68K
MEDIAN: $40,518
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Waste Water Plant Operator Salary (?
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$12.00 - $24.82
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$27,698 - $68,148  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,012  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $4,000  
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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$26,143 - $58,241  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 158
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.00 - $24.82  
   
Overtime
$16.67 - $38.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,012  
   
Profit Sharing
$500 - $4,000  
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).
)
$26,143 - $58,241  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 444
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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.

Common Career Paths for Waste Water Plant Operator

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While not commonly seen, Waste Water Plant Operators who transition into a Wastewater Treatment Plant Superintendent position may earn an additional $15,554 per year. More often, however, Waste Water Plant Operators go on to become Water Treatment Operators or Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant / System Operators.

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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.
Though Waste Water Plant Operators can expect regular salary growth as they advance in their careers, experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase. Standard salaries begin at $34K and can reach $38K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $46K. After two decades on the job, Waste Water Plant Operators see salary growth dwindle, averaging $49K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a quarter of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 14 percent. More than half of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field.

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Experience Affects Waste Water Plant Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 29%
Experienced
up arrow 21%
Mid-Career
0%
National Average
$38,000
Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
3%
female alumni
 
Male
97%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 11%
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