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Water Plant Operator Salary (United States)

The average wage for a Water Plant Operator is $17.53 per hour. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job.
Water Plant Operator Salary (?
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$21,875 - $74,497
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $32,068
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Water Plant Operator Salary (?
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$11.45 - $25.08
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$21,875 - $74,497  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,192  
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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$23,492 - $55,959  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 30
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.45 - $25.08  
   
Overtime
$18.62 - $36.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,192  
   
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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$23,492 - $55,959  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 157
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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

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Experience Affects Water Plant Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 33%
Experienced
up arrow 15%
Mid-Career
up arrow 4%
National Average
$37,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
5%
female alumni
 
Male
95%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 7%