Water Plant Operator Salary

Men account for the majority of Water Plant Operators in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $17.84 per hour. Compensation ranges from $11.77 per hour on the lower end to $25.79 on the higher end. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Water Plant Operators. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$24,511 - $67,282
(Median)
$25K
$40K
$67K
MEDIAN: $40,103
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$11.77 - $25.79
(Median)
$12
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$24,511 - $67,282  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,954  
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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$24,850 - $57,314  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 70
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.77 - $25.79  
   
Overtime
$18.33 - $40.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,954  
   
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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$24,850 - $57,314  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 295
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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 $39K a year.

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Survey takers who work as Water Plant Operators usually report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with Chemistry, Reverse Osmosis Water Purification, and Plant Maintenance can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Plant Maintenance and Reverse Osmosis Water Purification.

Pay by Experience Level for Water Plant Operator

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


Water Plant Operators do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $34K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $40K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Water Plant Operators make a median salary of $44K. Water Plant Operators who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $49K.

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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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Experience Affects Water Plant Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Water Plant Operator Salaries

Chemistry
up arrow 2%

National Average
$40,000

Reverse Osmosis Water Purification
up arrow 7%

Plant Maintenance
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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