Waste Water Plant Operator Salary (United States)

The average rate for a Waste Water Plant Operator is $17.32 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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$27,770 - $68,871
(Median)
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41K
53K
69K
MEDIAN: $40,777
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Waste Water Plant Operator Total Pay (?
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$11.91 - $24.99
(Median)
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25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$27,770 - $68,871  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,013  
Profit Sharing
$509 - $5,347  
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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$25,952 - $59,821  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 599
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.91 - $24.99  
   
Overtime
$16.47 - $38.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,013  
   
Profit Sharing
$509 - $5,347  
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).
)
$25,952 - $59,821  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 599
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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

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Experience Affects Waste Water Plant Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 29%
Experienced
up arrow 20%
Mid-Career
up arrow 1%
National Average
$39,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

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Gender

Female
3%
female alumni
 
Male
97%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
34%
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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