Water Treatment Operator Salary

Men make up the majority of Water Treatment Operators in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $17.51 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $12.33 per hour, and the top verges on $25.68. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and more than half earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Water Treatment Operators is high. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$26,849 - $59,017
(Median)
$27K
$41K
$59K
MEDIAN: $41,275
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$12.33 - $25.68
(Median)
$12
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$26,849 - $59,017  
   
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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$26,619 - $57,375  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 179
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.33 - $25.68  
   
Overtime
$17.32 - $39.17  
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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$26,619 - $57,375  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 644
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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 who transition into an Operations Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $59K per year. The most common next step for a Water Treatment Operator is to become a Water Treatment Plant Manager or a Water Superintendent. The former position pays an additional $15K per year on average, and the latter position pays $15K more per year.

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Water Treatment Operators report a narrow range of specific skills. 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 15 percent. 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $34K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $40K. Water Treatment Operators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $45K. Water Treatment Operators who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $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 15%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
up arrow 6%

Reverse Osmosis Water Purification
up arrow 5%

Operations Management
up arrow 3%

National Average
$39,000

System Repair
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 165 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 10%
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