Water Treatment Operator Salary

Water Treatment Operators in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $17.52 per hour. Earnings sit near $12.35 per hour on the lower side but can approach $25.67 on the higher side. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a majority earn dental coverage. The majority of Water Treatment Operators claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$25,924 - $58,767

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$12.35 - $25.67

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$25,924 - $58,767  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,013  
Total Pay (?
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$26,580 - $57,246  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 183
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.35 - $25.67  
   
Overtime
$17.09 - $39.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,013  
   
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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$26,580 - $57,246  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 651
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Job Description for Water Treatment Operator

Water treatment operators help ensure that residents within a proscribed area have access to clean and safe water. Broadly, water treatment operators ensure that water treatment plants produce a supply of water that meets the requirements of federal and municipal legislation in accordance with applicable standards and policies.

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Water Treatment 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

Common Career Paths for Water Treatment Operator


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As Water Treatment Operators transition into upper-level roles such as Operations Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Operations Managers earn $59K on average per year. Water Treatment Plant Managers or Water Superintendents are common next-step roles for Water Treatment Operators moving up in their careers; annual pay for Water Treatment Plant Managers is $15K higher on average, and it's $15K higher for Water Superintendents.

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Water Treatment Operators report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Plant Maintenance, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning, Reverse Osmosis Water Purification, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 13 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include System Repair.

Pay by Experience Level for Water Treatment Operator

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


Water Treatment Operators do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $34K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $40K on average — a distinctly larger sum. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $45K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $50K.

Water Treatment Operator Reviews

What is it like working as a Water Treatment Operator?

Water Treatment Operator in Blytheville:
"My Job as an Operator."
Pros: Easy learning, very hands on training, state of the art equipment. Four days a week with three days off.
Cons: The city it is located in. We never get all of the supplies we need.

Water Treatment Operator in Worley:
"Wages."
Pros: The problems that occur in the water system.
Cons: My wage does not seem to be in comparison with others.

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Water Treatment Operator in Clinton:
"Rewarding But Not For Everyone."
Not many can handle the hours this job requires or have the mindset to do the job well. If you are able to, though, there is increasing demand for operators.

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Experience Affects Water Treatment Operator Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$39,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Water Treatment Operator Salaries

Plant Maintenance
up arrow 13%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
up arrow 6%

Reverse Osmosis Water Purification
up arrow 5%

Operations Management
up arrow 1%

National Average
$39,000

System Repair
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 166 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 11%
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