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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. Pay generally varies between $12.23 per hour and $25.75. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. For the most part, Water Treatment Operators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$27,419 - $58,206
(Median)
$27K
$41K
$58K
MEDIAN: $40,928
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$12.23 - $25.75
(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
$27,419 - $58,206  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,010  
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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$26,369 - $57,271  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 191
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.23 - $25.75  
   
Overtime
$15.99 - $39.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,010  
   
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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$26,369 - $57,271  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 639

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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 sometimes assume positions such as Water Superintendents. That role pays $54K per year on average. It is quite typical for Water Treatment Operators to transition into roles as Water Treatment Plant Managers or Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant Operators, where reported median earnings are $15K and $1K higher per year.

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Water Treatment Operators report a narrow range of specific 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like System Repair.

Pay by Experience Level for Water Treatment Operator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Water Treatment Operators — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average beginner in this position makes around $34K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $40K. Water Treatment Operators see a median salary of $44K 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 $50K.

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 14%

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 10%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
up arrow 7%

National Average
$39,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 168 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
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%