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 $17.82 per hour. Pay ranges from $12.36 per hour on the low end to $26.14 on the high end. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Water Treatment Operators report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$27,424 - $61,594
(Median)
$27K
$42K
$62K
MEDIAN: $41,912
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$12.36 - $26.14
(Median)
$12
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$27,424 - $61,594  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,206  
Profit Sharing
$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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$26,815 - $58,078  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 206
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.36 - $26.14  
   
Overtime
$17.95 - $39.27  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,206  
   
Profit Sharing
$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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$26,815 - $58,078  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 744
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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. Water Treatment Plant Managers or Water Superintendents are common next-step roles for Water Treatment Operators moving up in their careers; annual pay for Water Treatment Plant Managers is $15K higher on average, and it's $15K higher for Water Superintendents.

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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, Plant Maintenance, Reverse Osmosis Water Purification, and Diagnosis and Treatment Planning are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 16 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Operations Management. Most people experienced in Diagnosis and Treatment Planning also know 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 more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $35K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $42K. Water Treatment Operators see a median salary of $46K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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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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.

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Experience Affects Water Treatment Operator Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Water Treatment Operator Salaries

water treatment
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Reverse Osmosis Water Purification
up arrow 6%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
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National Average
$40,000

System Repair
up arrow 2%

Operations Management
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 186 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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