Water Treatment Operator Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Water Treatment Operators in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $17.82 per hour nationwide. Earnings sit near $12.36 per hour on the lower side but can approach $26.14 on the higher side. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Water Treatment Operators like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a majority earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$27,424 - $61,594
(Median)
$27K
$42K
$62K
MEDIAN: $41,912
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$12.36 - $26.14
(Median)
$12
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$27,424 - $61,594  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,206  
Profit Sharing
$500  
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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$26,815 - $58,078  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 206
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.36 - $26.14  
   
Overtime
$17.95 - $39.27  
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$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,206  
   
Profit Sharing
$500  
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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$26,815 - $58,078  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 744
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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

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Water Treatment Operators' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as an Operations Manager. The average Operations Manager brings home $59K per year. The most common next step for a Water Treatment Operator is to become a Water Treatment Plant Manager or a Water Superintendent. The former position pays an additional $15K per year on average, and the latter position pays $15K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Water Treatment Operator


Water Treatment Operators report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in water treatment, Plant Maintenance, Reverse Osmosis Water Purification, and Diagnosis and Treatment Planning are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 16 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Operations Management. Those educated in Diagnosis and Treatment Planning tend to be well versed in System Repair.

Pay by Experience Level for Water Treatment Operator

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


For Water Treatment Operators, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $35K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $42K. Water Treatment Operators see a median salary of $46K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $51K.

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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.

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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Experience Affects Water Treatment Operator Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Water Treatment Operator Salaries

water treatment
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Reverse Osmosis Water Purification
up arrow 6%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
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National Average
$40,000

System Repair
up arrow 2%

Operations Management
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 186 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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