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Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant / System Operator Salary

Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant Operators in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $17.28 per hour. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
$24,242 - $62,219
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MEDIAN: $44,194
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$12.11 - $24.29
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$24,242 - $62,219  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,023  
Profit Sharing
$727 - $773  
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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$26,388 - $56,778  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 58
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.11 - $24.29  
   
Overtime
$17.14 - $37.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,023  
   
Profit Sharing
$727 - $773  
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).
)
$26,388 - $56,778  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 227
United States (change)

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

  • 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.
  • Operate and maintain equipment to filter and monitor waste and wastewater.
  • Record data and inventory to track performance and identify problems.

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

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


For Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant Operators, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $35K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $42K. Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant Operators who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $45K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $48K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Experience Affects Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant / System Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 53 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 11%