An average Water Treatment Plant Laboratory Technician in the United States can expect to take home roughly $18.09 per hour. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Male Water Treatment Plant Laboratory Technicians are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 53 percent of the field. Most Water Treatment Plant Laboratory Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$27,895 - $59,933
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MEDIAN: $40,126
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$13.52 - $26.67
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$27,895 - $59,933  
   
Bonus
$4,000  
Total Pay (?
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$28,733 - $57,832  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 25
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.52 - $26.67  
   
Overtime
$17.75 - $40.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$4,000  
   
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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$28,733 - $57,832  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 63

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Job Description for Water Treatment Plant Laboratory Technician

Water treatment plant laboratory technicians are responsible for completing treatment tasks for treating water for their organizations, including facilitating treatment efforts by measuring water quality, implementing filters, and analyzing samples to measure contaminants throughout the treatment process. These technicians must be organized and pay close attention to detail to quantify water elements and write detailed reports based on treatment results, and they typically work in a laboratory setting and wear protective gear, such as gloves and goggles, to handle chemicals as required.

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Water Treatment Plant Laboratory Technician Tasks

  • Collect water samples from various water and wastewater sites.
  • Maintain, adjust, and clean laboratory equipment.
  • Analyze sample testing data and submit findings to applicable health and water quality departments.
  • Administer biological, chemical, physical, and bacteriological tests on samples.

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Pay by Experience Level for Water Treatment Plant Laboratory Technician

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


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $35K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $43K. Water Treatment Plant Laboratory Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $48K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make about the same as folks in the 10-to-20 year range.

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Q: What is it like working as a Water Treatment Plant Laboratory Technician?

Water Treatment Plant Laboratory Technician in Conroe:
Pros: The flexibility to come and go as I want; just as long as the work got done.
Cons: The health effects were not up to par, politics of analysts not wanting to teach or let you look at their instruments. No manager in the organics department led to miscommunication between the analysts and the technicians. Bad management in general.

Key Stats for Water Treatment Plant Laboratory Technician

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 8 votes.
044
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Water Treatment Plant Laboratory Technician Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 24%

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$39,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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