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Water Treatment Operator Salary (United States)

A sizeable majority of Water Treatment Operators in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $17.19 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $12.20 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $25.79. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to about one-half. The majority of Water Treatment Operators claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Water Treatment Operator Salary (?
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$26,563 - $58,884
(Median)
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40K
51K
59K
MEDIAN: $40,346
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Water Treatment Operator Salary (?
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$12.20 - $25.79
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$26,563 - $58,884  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,014  
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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$26,171 - $57,644  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 190
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.20 - $25.79  
   
Overtime
$17.79 - $39.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,014  
   
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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$26,171 - $57,644  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 646
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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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Water Treatment Operators sometimes assume positions such as Water Superintendents. That role pays $54K per year on average. Career advancement for the typical Water Treatment Operator often leads to becoming a Water Treatment Plant Manager or a Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant; median salaries in these positions are $15K higher and $1K higher, respectively.

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Water Treatment Operators usually report a few specific skills. Plant Maintenance and Diagnosis and Treatment Planning are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 11 percent and 8 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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 with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $34K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $40K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Water Treatment Operators make a median salary of $44K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $51K.

Water Treatment Operator Reviews

What is it like working as a Water Treatment Operator?
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
up arrow 32%
Experienced
up arrow 14%
Mid-Career
up arrow 3%
National Average
$39,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Water Treatment Operator Salaries

Plant Maintenance
up arrow 11%
Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
up arrow 8%
National Average
$39,000
System Repair
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 163 votes.

Gender

Female
7%
female alumni
 
Male
93%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 10%