Water Plant Operator Salary

Male Water Plant Operators number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $19.41 per hour in the United States. Work is enjoyable for Water Plant Operators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$31,568 - $69,478
$32K
$47K
$69K
MEDIAN: $46,529
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$12.09 - $27.30
$12
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $19.41
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$31,568 - $69,478  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,923  
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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$28,044 - $64,978  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 64
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.09 - $27.30  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$17.93 - $41.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,923  
   
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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$28,044 - $64,978  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 208
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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.

Common Career Paths for Water Plant Operator


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Many Water Plant Operators move into Water Treatment Operator roles. Water Treatment Operators seem to make a little less than Water Plant Operators as their salaries average out to $39K 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $38K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $46K. Water Plant Operators see a median salary of $49K after reaching one to two decades on the job. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Water Plant Operator with more than 20 years of experience can earn $52K on average.

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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 33 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Water Plant Operator Salaries

Late-Career
▲18%

Experienced
▲10%

Mid-Career
▲4%

National Average
$44,000

Entry-Level
▼15%

Skills That Affect Water Plant Operator Salaries

license
▲14%


Operations Management
▲1%

National Average
$44,000

Chemistry
▼8%

Reverse Osmosis Water Purification
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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