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 $17.86 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $12.72 per hour, and the top verges on $24.76. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$28,051 - $63,640

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$12.72 - $24.76

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$28,051 - $63,640  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,049  
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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$27,732 - $59,146  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 75
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.72 - $24.76  
   
Overtime
$17.62 - $38.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,049  
   
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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$27,732 - $59,146  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 216
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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

  • 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $36K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $42K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant Operators make a median salary of $46K. Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant Operators who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $50K.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$42,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 52 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 11%
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