Water Treatment Operator Salary (United States)

Most Water Treatment Operators in the United States are men, earning an average of $17.12 per hour. Pay generally spreads from $12.17 per hour to $25.61. Generous benefits are a perk in this profession; most claim both medical and dental insurance and more than half get vision coverage. Job satisfaction for Water Treatment Operators is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Water Treatment Operator Salary (?
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$25,297 - $59,513
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MEDIAN: $39,653
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Water Treatment Operator Salary (?
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$12.17 - $25.61
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data

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$25,297 - $59,513  
   
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$0.00 - $1,008  
Total Pay (?
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$25,982 - $57,790  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 191
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.17 - $25.61  
   
Overtime
$17.92 - $39.27  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,008  
   
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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$25,982 - $57,790  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 632
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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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While Water Treatment Operators do not often become Water Superintendents, the ones that do transition make an extra $15,279 per year. The most common next step for Water Treatment Operators is moving into roles as Water Treatment Plant Managers or Liquid Waste Plant System Operators, where they can expect an extra $15,055 or $1,140 per year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Water Treatment Operator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay for Water Treatment Operators increases steadily with experience. Workers new to the field can expect to earn $33K, increasing to $39,779 after five to 10 years. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $45K. Even after two decades, Water Treatment Operators continue to experience substantial salary development and pay is estimated at $51K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 22 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 12 percent. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience.

Water Treatment Operator Reviews

What is it like working as a Water Treatment Operator?
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 32%
Experienced
up arrow 16%
Mid-Career
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$39,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 158 votes.

Gender

Female
7%
female alumni
 
Male
93%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 10%
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