Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant / System Operator Salary

A sizeable majority of Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant Operators in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $18.16 per hour. Most Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant Operators like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$27,449 - $62,297
(Median)
$27K
$44K
$62K
MEDIAN: $44,290
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$12.64 - $25.37
(Median)
$13
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$27,449 - $62,297  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,033  
Profit Sharing
$750  
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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$27,790 - $59,385  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 69
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.64 - $25.37  
   
Overtime
$17.23 - $38.78  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,033  
   
Profit Sharing
$750  
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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$27,790 - $59,385  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 224
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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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant Operators — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $37K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $42K on average — a distinctly larger sum. 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 with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $49K.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$42,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 48 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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