Water Plant Operator Salary

A sizeable majority of Water Plant Operators in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $17.39 per hour. Earnings sit near $11.72 per hour on the lower side but can approach $25.40 on the higher side. Nearly all enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little more than half. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Water Plant Operators.

$23,939 - $68,869
(Median)
$24K
$39K
$69K
MEDIAN: $39,108
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$11.72 - $25.40
(Median)
$12
$17
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$23,939 - $68,869  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,521  
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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$24,534 - $56,436  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 53
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.72 - $25.40  
   
Overtime
$18.60 - $39.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,521  
   
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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$24,534 - $56,436  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 232
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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

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Water Plant Operators' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Water Treatment Operator. Median pay for Water Treatment Operators is $38K.

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Water Plant Operators who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Reverse Osmosis Water Purification and Plant Maintenance are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Plant Maintenance.

Pay by Experience Level for Water Plant Operator

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


Water Plant Operators who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $33K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $39K. Water Plant Operators see a median salary of $43K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Water Plant Operators who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $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 31%

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
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: 52% employee benefits None: 8%
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