The majority of Water Treatment Plant Managers in the United States — roughly three-fourths — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $40K to $94K per year, and the median is $65K annually. For the most part, Water Treatment Plant Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$42,962 - $98,030
(Median)
$43K
$65K
$98K
MEDIAN: $65,221
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90%

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$16.86 - $33.28
(Median)
$17
$22
$33
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$42,962 - $98,030  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,757  
Profit Sharing
$750  
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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$39,959 - $93,960  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 66
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$16.86 - $33.28  
   
Overtime
$22.02 - $53.05  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,757  
   
Profit Sharing
$750  
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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$39,959 - $93,960  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 38
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Job Description for Water Treatment Plant Manager

  • Collect data about treatment and performance to identify areas for improvement.
  • Supervise staff and negotiate with equipment vendors to ensure daily operations.
  • Oversee, monitor, and maintain water treatment system and associated budgets.

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Pay by Experience Level for Water Treatment Plant Manager

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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $44K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $57K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $64K in this role. Water Treatment Plant Managers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't higher than those with 10 to 20 years.

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Experience Affects Water Treatment Plant Manager Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 4%

Late-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$61,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Entry-Level
up arrow 28%

Skills That Affect Water Treatment Plant Manager Salaries

Operations Management
up arrow 5%

National Average
$61,000

Reverse Osmosis Water Purification
up arrow 10%

Plant Maintenance
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
39%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 4%
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