A sizeable majority of Water Treatment Operators in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $18.49 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Work is enjoyable for Water Treatment Operators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$26,782 - $69,493
$27K
$43K
$69K
MEDIAN: $43,431
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$12.62 - $25.77
$13
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$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$26,782 - $69,493  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,939  
Profit Sharing
$258.50  
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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$27,659 - $59,458  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 158
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.62 - $25.77  
   
Overtime
$18.26 - $38.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,939  
   
Commission
$10,500  
Profit Sharing
$258.50  
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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$27,659 - $59,458  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 661

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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

  • Maintain water testing and treatment plant equipment.
  • Maintains documentation and records of plant operations and data
  • Collect, test, and analyze water samples.
  • Operate wells and chemical feed systems, and oversee store tank levels to ensure compliance with regulations.

Common Career Paths for Water Treatment Operator


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For Water Treatment Operators, progressing to an Operations Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, an Operations Manager can earn $59K annually. It is not uncommon for a Water Treatment Operator to continue on to become a Water Treatment Plant Manager or a Water Plant Operator.

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Popular Skills for Water Treatment Operator


Water Treatment Operators report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in water treatment, Operations Management, SCADA, and Plant Maintenance are correlated to pay that is above average. It is often found that people who know Plant Maintenance are also skilled in 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.


For Water Treatment Operators, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $38K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $44K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Water Treatment Operators make a median salary of $46K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $51K.

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Q: 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.
Cons:

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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Key Stats for Water Treatment Operator

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 125 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Water Treatment Operator Salaries




National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Water Treatment Operator Salaries

water treatment
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Operations Management
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SCADA
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Plant Maintenance
0%

System Repair
0%

Reverse Osmosis Water Purification
0%

National Average
$41,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 125 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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