The average rate for a Waste Water Plant Operator is $18.45 per hour. A skill in Operations Management is associated with high pay for this job.
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$30,138 - $68,817
(Median)
$30K
$45K
$69K
MEDIAN: $45,385
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90%

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$13.12 - $25.91
(Median)
$13
$18
$26
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).
)
$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

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

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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.

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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%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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