Water Plant Operator Salary
A sizeable majority of Water Plant Operators in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $18.89 per hour. For the most part, Water Plant Operators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little over a half. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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.Read More...
Generally, water plant operators are required to have a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent and a driver’s license. Some states and localities offer certification as a wastewater treatment plant operator and may require that certification prior to hiring. Other employers may require further education, such as an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.
In addition, waste plant operators they have to be able to follow written instructions, perform mathematical calculations, and maintain proper records. They need to be able to follow all company policies and procedures, as well as any state or federal requirements regarding safety. Effective use of safety equipment is necessary for water plant operators because they may be required to lift up to 50 pounds, climb ladders, and work in confined spaces. Due to this, they also need to be in overall good physical condition with good eyesight and hearing for inspections and alarms.
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.
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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.
Water Plant Operators do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $37K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $45K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $46K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $52K.
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