Water Treatment Plant Laboratory Technician Salary

Water Treatment Plant Laboratory Technicians in the United States take home an average $17.04 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $11.88 per hour and $25.87. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Men working as Water Treatment Plant Laboratory Technicians who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 56 percent. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$27,571 - $60,399
(Median)
$28K
$36K
$60K
MEDIAN: $35,749
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$11.88 - $25.87
(Median)
$12
$17
$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$27,571 - $60,399  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,027  
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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$26,983 - $55,731  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 47
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.88 - $25.87  
   
Overtime
$16.00 - $34.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,027  
   
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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$26,983 - $55,731  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 108
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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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $32K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $42K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Water Treatment Plant Laboratory Technicians make a median salary of $42K. 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 $44K.

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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 24%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 16%

National Average
$36,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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