Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant / System Operator Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant Operators earn an average of $18.67 per hour. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant Operators. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,098 - $62,981
$29K
$41K
$63K
MEDIAN: $41,079
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$12.05 - $28.40
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MEDIAN: $18.67
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,098 - $62,981  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,375  
Total Pay (?
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$27,879 - $61,656  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 31
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.05 - $28.40  
   
Overtime
$16.73 - $44.45  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,375  
   
Total Pay (?
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$27,879 - $61,656  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 107

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Job Description for Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant / System Operator

A water treatment plant operator oversees the operation of a water plant and makes sure that all systems are running smoothly. The water treatment plant operator operates the water treatment systems. The operator also maintains and repairs the equipment involved in water processing, such as the pumps, filtration equipment, and piping.

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Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant / System Operator Tasks

  • Operate and maintain equipment to filter and monitor waste and wastewater.
  • Record data and inventory to track performance and identify problems.
  • Add chemicals and clean and maintain equipment and processing beds.
  • Take samples and test water and/or sewage for microorganisms, solid matter, and other contaminants.

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Pay by Experience Level for Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant / System Operator

Pay by Experience for a Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant / System Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant / System Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 62 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant / System Operator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 44 salaries. An experienced Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant / System Operator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 37 salaries. A Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant / System Operator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 19 salaries.

Key Stats for Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant / System Operator

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 21 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant / System Operator Salaries

Late-Career
▲36%

Experienced
▲11%

Mid-Career
▲8%

National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
no benefits
None: 11%