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Water Treatment Operator Salary

A sizeable majority of Water Treatment Operators in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $17.22 per hour. Compensation ranges from $12.21 per hour on the lower end to $25.55 on the higher end. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Water Treatment Operators. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the larger part earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$26,810 - $59,011
(Median)
$27K
$41K
$59K
MEDIAN: $40,811
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$12.21 - $25.55
(Median)
$12
$17
$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$26,810 - $59,011  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,015  
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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$26,291 - $57,154  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 184
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.21 - $25.55  
   
Overtime
$15.87 - $39.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,015  
   
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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$26,291 - $57,154  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 638

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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Operations Manager. The latter position pays an average of $59K annually. 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 typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Plant Maintenance, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning, Reverse Osmosis Water Purification, and System Repair are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 16 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.


For many Water Treatment Operators, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. 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. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $45K. Water Treatment Operators who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $50K on average.

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
up arrow 28%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$39,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Water Treatment Operator Salaries

Plant Maintenance
up arrow 16%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
up arrow 7%

Reverse Osmosis Water Purification
up arrow 5%

National Average
$39,000


Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

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