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 $19.08 per hour nationwide. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Water Plant Operators. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance.

$31,424 - $68,351
$31K
$46K
$68K
MEDIAN: $45,816
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50%
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$13.10 - $27.13
$13
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $19.08
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$0$68K
Salary $31,424 - $68,351
Bonus $0.00 - $2,027
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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$29,084 - $64,153
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 69
Hourly Data $0$41
Hourly Rate $13.10 - $27.13
Hourly Tips $0.00
Overtime $17.84 - $41.58
Annual Data $0$64K
Bonus $0.00 - $2,027
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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$29,084 - $64,153
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 218

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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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Although many Water Plant Operators transition into Water Treatment Operator roles, the latter job seems to pay slightly less with an average reported annual income of $39K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Water Plant Operator

Pay by Experience for a Water Plant Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Water Plant Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 116 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Water Plant Operator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 76 salaries. An experienced Water Plant Operator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 79 salaries. A Water Plant Operator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 46 salaries.

Water Plant Operator Reviews

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 44 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Water Plant Operator Salaries

Late-Career
▲19%

Experienced
▲12%

Mid-Career
▲5%

National Average
$44,000

Entry-Level
▼14%

Skills That Affect Water Plant Operator Salaries

license
▲16%


Operations Management
▲2%

National Average
$44,000

Chemistry
▼7%

Reverse Osmosis Water Purification
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 54%
no benefits
None: 12%
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