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Water Plant Operator Salary

Men make up the majority of Water Plant Operators in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $17.30 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $11.71 per hour, and the top verges on $25.04. Most Water Plant Operators like their work and job satisfaction is high. Nearly all enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to around half. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$23,679 - $69,875
(Median)
$24K
$39K
$70K
MEDIAN: $39,182
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50%
90%

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$11.71 - $25.04
(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
$23,679 - $69,875  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,546  
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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$24,470 - $55,945  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 49
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.71 - $25.04  
   
Overtime
$18.47 - $39.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,546  
   
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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$24,470 - $55,945  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 221

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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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For Water Plant Operators, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Water Plant Operators earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Water Treatment Operator.

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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 is an important factor influencing the compensation of Water Plant Operators. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $32K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $38K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Water Plant Operators bring in $42K after working for 10 to 20 years. Water Plant Operators who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $49K.

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Experience Affects Water Plant Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

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
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 7%
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