Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant / System Operator Salary

Male Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant Operators number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $19.07 per hour in the United States. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,007 - $64,525
$30K
$43K
$65K
MEDIAN: $43,329
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90%

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$12.12 - $28.59
$12
$19
$29
MEDIAN: $19.07
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$30,007 - $64,525  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,226  
Total Pay (?
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$28,263 - $62,743  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 40
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.12 - $28.59  
   
Overtime
$16.69 - $45.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,226  
   
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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$28,263 - $62,743  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 111

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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

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


For many Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant Operators, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $37K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $46K. Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant Operators who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $47K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant Operators with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $55K.

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
33%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant / System Operator Salaries

Late-Career
▲29%

Experienced
▲11%

Mid-Career
▲8%

National Average
$42,000

Entry-Level
▼13%

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
33%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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