Water Treatment Operator Salary

Men account for the majority of Water Treatment Operators in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $18.56 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$26,530 - $69,945
$27K
$43K
$70K
MEDIAN: $43,197
10%
50%
90%

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$12.70 - $25.90
$13
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $18.56
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$26,530 - $69,945  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,980  
Profit Sharing
$258.50  
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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$27,887 - $59,812  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 153
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.70 - $25.90  
   
Overtime
$18.16 - $38.73  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,980  
   
Profit Sharing
$258.50  
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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$27,887 - $59,812  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 640

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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

  • Maintain water testing and treatment plant equipment.
  • Maintains documentation and records of plant operations and data
  • Collect, test, and analyze water samples.
  • Operate wells and chemical feed systems, and oversee store tank levels to ensure compliance with regulations.

Common Career Paths for Water Treatment Operator


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At the upper end, Water Treatment Operators who move into an Operations Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Operations Managers is a much higher $59K per year. It is not uncommon for a Water Treatment Operator to continue on to become a Water Plant Operator or a Water Treatment Plant Manager.

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Popular Skills for Water Treatment Operator


Survey results suggest that Water Treatment Operators put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Operations Management, SCADA, Reverse Osmosis Water Purification, and Plant Maintenance are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include water treatment. For most people, competency in Plant Maintenance indicates knowledge of Diagnosis and Treatment Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Water Treatment Operator

Pay by Experience for a Water Treatment Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Water Treatment Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 416 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Water Treatment Operator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 261 salaries. An experienced Water Treatment Operator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 200 salaries. A Water Treatment Operator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 68 salaries.

Water Treatment Operator Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Water Treatment Operator?

Water Treatment Operator in Hershey:
"The management."
Pros: Outdoor work mowing in parks street works working with people in the village small town living is very nice.
Cons:

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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Key Stats for Water Treatment Operator

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 123 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Water Treatment Operator Salaries

▲23%

▲11%

▲6%

National Average
$41,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Water Treatment Operator Salaries

Operations Management
▲16%

SCADA
▲9%


Plant Maintenance
▼0%

System Repair
▼0%

National Average
$41,000


water treatment
▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 123 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
vision benefits
Vision: 51%
no benefits
None: 13%