Water Treatment Operator Salary

Water Treatment Operators in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $17.37 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $12.31 per hour and $25.62. Job satisfaction for Water Treatment Operators is high. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$26,638 - $59,878
(Median)
$27K
$41K
$60K
MEDIAN: $41,435
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$12.31 - $25.62
(Median)
$12
$17
$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$26,638 - $59,878  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,018  
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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$26,547 - $57,507  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 181
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.31 - $25.62  
   
Overtime
$16.89 - $39.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,018  
   
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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$26,547 - $57,507  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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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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 Operators moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Water Treatment Plant Managers or Water Superintendents. The median paychecks in those roles are $15K higher and $15K higher, respectively.

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Water Treatment Operators report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Plant Maintenance, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning, Reverse Osmosis Water Purification, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 15 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, 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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $34K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $40K. Water Treatment Operators who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $45K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $51K.

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
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National Average
$39,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Water Treatment Operator Salaries

Plant Maintenance
up arrow 15%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
up arrow 6%

Reverse Osmosis Water Purification
up arrow 5%

Operations Management
up arrow 4%

National Average
$39,000

System Repair
up arrow 3%

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
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 10%
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