Water Plant Operator Salary

Male Water Plant Operators number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $19.18 per hour in the United States. The majority of Water Plant Operators claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and more than half earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$31,512 - $69,111
$32K
$46K
$69K
MEDIAN: $45,537
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$12.67 - $27.37
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MEDIAN: $19.18
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$31,512 - $69,111  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,959  
Total Pay (?
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$28,817 - $65,214  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 63
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.67 - $27.37  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$17.06 - $41.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,959  
   
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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$28,817 - $65,214  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 222

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Job Description for Water Plant Operator

Water plant operators work in water treatment plants and facilities. They generally operate the plant equipment, as well as perform tests, adjust and change chemicals, monitor changes, and communicate with the control center. They also repair and maintain pumps and valves, as well as perform preventative maintenance on a firm schedule. In some locations, water plant operators work in shifts on a rotating basis. However, in many places, they have permanent shifts on a full-time basis. They may be required to work nights, weekends, and holidays depending on the needs of their employer. This job involves working with municipality wastewater and machinery, and these professionals are typically managed by a plant manager or a senior water plant operator.

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Water Plant Operator Tasks

  • Maintain water testing and treatment plant equipment.
  • Maintains documentation and records of plant operations and data
  • Collect, test, and analyze water samples.
  • Operate wells and chemical feed systems, and oversee store tank levels to ensure compliance with regulations.

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Water Plant Operators who take on a higher-level position such as Water Treatment Operator may get paid a little bit less in that new role, as Water Treatment Operators on average bring home $39K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Water Plant Operator

Pay by Experience for a Water Plant Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Water Plant Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 116 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Water Plant Operator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 76 salaries. An experienced Water Plant Operator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 79 salaries. A Water Plant Operator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 46 salaries.

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Q: What is it like working as a Water Plant Operator?

Water Plant Operator in Lahaina:
"It's a great job that I get to do outdoors with an awesome s."
Pros: Working hands on outdoors. My coworkers.
Cons: My commute to work is too long and could be shorter.

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Key Stats for Water Plant Operator

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 37 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Water Plant Operator Salaries

Late-Career
▲20%

Experienced
▲12%

Mid-Career
▲5%

National Average
$44,000

Entry-Level
▼13%

Skills That Affect Water Plant Operator Salaries

license
▲16%


Operations Management
▲3%

National Average
$44,000

Chemistry
▼7%

Reverse Osmosis Water Purification
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 37 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
no benefits
None: 10%
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