Waste Water Plant Operator Salary

Men make up the majority of Waste Water Plant Operators in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $17.56 per hour. Earnings sit near $12.25 per hour on the lower side but can approach $25.75 on the higher side. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Waste Water Plant Operators. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,465 - $69,157

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$12.25 - $25.75

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$29,465 - $69,157  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,551  
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $2,056  
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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$26,862 - $61,925  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 153
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.25 - $25.75  
   
Overtime
$17.71 - $40.70  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,551  
   
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $2,056  
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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$26,862 - $61,925  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 486
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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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Though some Waste Water Plant Operators move into positions like Wastewater Treatment Plant Superintendent (where the average salary is $54K), this progression is not the norm. More commonly, Waste Water Plant Operators become Water Treatment Operators or Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant Operators.

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Waste Water Plant Operators report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Operations Management and Plant Maintenance are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent and 11 percent, respectively.

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 with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $35K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $41K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $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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Experience Affects Waste Water Plant Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Waste Water Plant Operator Salaries

Operations Management
up arrow 24%

Plant Maintenance
up arrow 11%

National Average
$40,000

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
3%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 10%
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