The average wage for a Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant / System Operator is $16.48 per hour. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant / System Operator Total Pay (?
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$24,000 - $63,392
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MEDIAN: $43,941
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Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant / System Operator Total Pay (?
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$11.60 - $23.34
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$24,000 - $63,392  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,020  
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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$25,670 - $56,901  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 290
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.60 - $23.34  
   
Overtime
$16.42 - $37.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,020  
   
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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$25,670 - $56,901  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 290
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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.
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.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 24%
Experienced
up arrow 11%
Mid-Career
up arrow 2%
National Average
$40,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 13%
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Gender
Female
6%
female alumni
 
Male
94%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
11%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 11%
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