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Waste Water Plant Operator Salary

Waste Water Plant Operators in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $17.41 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $12.08 per hour and $24.88. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the larger part earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$28,902 - $68,613
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $42,635
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$12.08 - $24.88
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$28,902 - $68,613  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,016  
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $4,069  
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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$26,508 - $58,168  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 153
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.08 - $24.88  
   
Overtime
$17.03 - $38.30  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,016  
   
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $4,069  
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).
)
$26,508 - $58,168  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 454
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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 Waste Water Plant Operators do not often become Wastewater Treatment Plant Superintendents, the job pays $55K per year on average. More commonly, Waste Water Plant Operators become Water Treatment Operators or Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant 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.


For Waste Water Plant Operators, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $40K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $34K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $46K in this role. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $49K.

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Experience Affects Waste Water Plant Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$39,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 105 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 10%