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Water Plant Operator Salary

A sizeable majority of Water Plant Operators in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $17.33 per hour. Pay ranges from $11.76 per hour on the low end to $25.03 on the high end. Most Water Plant Operators report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to one-half.

$22,640 - $71,350
(Median)
$23K
$38K
$71K
MEDIAN: $38,310
10%
50%
90%

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$11.76 - $25.03
(Median)
$12
$17
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$22,640 - $71,350  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,927  
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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$24,347 - $56,238  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 45
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.76 - $25.03  
   
Overtime
$18.42 - $39.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,927  
   
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).
)
$24,347 - $56,238  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 212

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Water Plant Operator


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Water Plant Operators who transition into an upper level Water Treatment Operator position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Water Treatment Operator makes $38K a year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Water Plant Operator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $32K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $37K. Water Plant Operators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $42K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $49K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Water Plant Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$37,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 7%