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Water Plant Operator Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Water Plant Operators earn an average of $17.46 per hour. Compensation ranges between $11.67 per hour and $25.30. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
$22,159 - $69,447
(Median)
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35K
48K
69K
MEDIAN: $35,000
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$11.67 - $25.30
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$22,159 - $69,447  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,546  
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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$23,972 - $56,244  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 36
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.67 - $25.30  
   
Overtime
$18.56 - $38.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,546  
   
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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$23,972 - $56,244  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 176
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Water Plant Operator

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


Water Plant Operators with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $32K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $37K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $43K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $49K.

Experience Affects Water Plant Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 31%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$37,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 6%