Water Treatment Plant Laboratory Technicians in the United States take home approximately $17.51 per hour on average. Most Water Treatment Plant Laboratory Technicians are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. 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 51 percent of the field. 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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$13.19 - $25.92
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$27,895 - $59,933  
   
Bonus
$4,000  
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$28,371 - $56,290  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 25
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.19 - $25.92  
   
Overtime
$17.88 - $40.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$4,000  
   
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$28,371 - $56,290  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 59
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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

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

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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.


For many Water Treatment Plant Laboratory Technicians, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $33K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $44K. Water Treatment Plant Laboratory Technicians see a median salary of $47K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Water Treatment Plant Laboratory Technicians who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $48K on average.

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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.

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Experience Affects Water Treatment Plant Laboratory Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 24%

Mid-Career
up arrow 17%

National Average
$38,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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