Men make up the majority of Water Treatment Operators in the United States, bringing in about $18.37 per hour. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Water Treatment Operators like their work and job satisfaction is high. A large number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to roughly one-half. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$26,480 - $66,549
(Median)
$26K
$43K
$67K
MEDIAN: $43,265
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90%

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$12.53 - $25.94
(Median)
$13
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
10%
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$26,480 - $66,549  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,968  
Profit Sharing
$17.00  
Commission
$10,500  
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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$27,385 - $59,277  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 152
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.53 - $25.94  
   
Overtime
$17.99 - $39.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,968  
   
Commission
$10,500  
Profit Sharing
$17.00  
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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$27,385 - $59,277  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 626
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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. Becoming a Water Treatment Plant Manager or a Water Plant Operator is often the next step for a Water Treatment Operator.

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Popular Skills for Water Treatment Operator


Survey results suggest that Water Treatment Operators put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in water treatment, Reverse Osmosis Water Purification, Operations Management, and Plant Maintenance are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people experienced in Plant Maintenance also know Diagnosis and Treatment Planning.

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 lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $38K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $44K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Water Treatment Operators make a median salary of $46K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $51K.

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What is it like working as a Water Treatment Operator?

Water Treatment Operator in Hershey:
"The management."
Pros: Outdoor work mowing in parks street works working with people in the village small town living is very nice.

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.

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Experience Affects Water Treatment Operator Salaries




National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Water Treatment Operator Salaries

water treatment
up arrow 6%

Reverse Osmosis Water Purification
up arrow 5%

Operations Management
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Plant Maintenance
up arrow 1%

System Repair
0%

National Average
$41,000

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 120 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
medical benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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