Water Plant Operator Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Water Plant Operators in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $17.40 per hour nationwide. The pay spectrum stretches from $11.62 per hour to $25.29. Most Water Plant Operators like their work and job satisfaction is high. Almost all enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly more than half. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$24,009 - $68,632
(Median)
$24K
$39K
$69K
MEDIAN: $39,283
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90%

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$11.62 - $25.29
(Median)
$12
$17
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$24,009 - $68,632  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,944  
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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$24,375 - $56,505  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 54
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.62 - $25.29  
   
Overtime
$18.62 - $40.07  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,944  
   
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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$24,375 - $56,505  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 238
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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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Many Water Plant Operators move into a Water Treatment Operator role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Water Treatment Operators on average bring in a similar salary to Water Plant Operators.

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Water Plant Operators report a focused set of job skills. Reverse Osmosis Water Purification and Plant Maintenance are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Plant Maintenance.

Pay by Experience Level for Water Plant Operator

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Water Plant Operators. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $33K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $39K. Water Plant Operators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $43K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $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 30%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$38,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Water Plant Operator Salaries

National Average
$38,000

Reverse Osmosis Water Purification
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Plant Maintenance
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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
3%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 8%
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