Men make up the majority of Water Plant Operators in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $19.06 per hour. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance.

$31,756 - $66,622
$32K
$45K
$67K
MEDIAN: $44,799
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$12.14 - $27.07
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$31,756 - $66,622  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,367  
Total Pay (?
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$27,720 - $63,563  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 65
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.14 - $27.07  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$18.33 - $41.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,367  
   
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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$27,720 - $63,563  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 225

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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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Water Plant Operators who transition into an upper level Water Treatment Operator position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Water Treatment Operator makes $39K a year.

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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 do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $37K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $45K. Water Plant Operators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $47K. Water Plant Operators who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $52K.

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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
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Water Plant Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$43,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Water Plant Operator Salaries

license
up arrow 19%


Operations Management
up arrow 4%

National Average
$43,000

Chemistry
up arrow 5%

Reverse Osmosis Water Purification
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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