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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. Earnings generally vary between $12.25 per hour and $25.65. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$26,759 - $58,652
(Median)
$27K
$41K
$59K
MEDIAN: $40,874
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$12.25 - $25.65
(Median)
$12
$17
$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$26,759 - $58,652  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,014  
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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$26,352 - $57,364  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 183
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.25 - $25.65  
   
Overtime
$17.46 - $39.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,014  
   
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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$26,352 - $57,364  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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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Though some Water Treatment Operators move into positions like Water Superintendent (where the average salary is $54K), this progression is not the norm. A common career progression for a Water Treatment Operator is to become a Water Treatment Plant Manager or a Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant. Compared to Water Treatment Operators, the first group earns $15K more on average, and the second group earns $1K more.

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Survey results show that Water Treatment Operators typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Plant Maintenance, Reverse Osmosis Water Purification, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning, and System Repair are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 15 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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $34K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $40K. Water Treatment Operators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $45K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Water Treatment Operator with more than 20 years of experience can earn $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 29%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$39,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Water Treatment Operator Salaries

Plant Maintenance
up arrow 15%

Reverse Osmosis Water Purification
up arrow 7%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
up arrow 7%

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
35%
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: 50% employee benefits None: 10%
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