Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant / System Operator Salary

Men make up the majority of Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant Operators in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $18.44 per hour. Work is enjoyable for Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant Operators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$28,128 - $61,212
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$39K
$61K
MEDIAN: $39,278
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$12.01 - $29.20
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$0$62K
Salary $28,128 - $61,212
Bonus $0.00 - $1,030
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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$26,297 - $62,057
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 23
Hourly Data $0$45
Hourly Rate $12.01 - $29.20
Overtime $17.54 - $45.04
Annual Data $0$62K
Bonus $0.00 - $1,030
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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$26,297 - $62,057
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 107

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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

Pay by Experience for a Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant / System Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant / System Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 62 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant / System Operator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 44 salaries. An experienced Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant / System Operator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 37 salaries. A Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant / System Operator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 19 salaries.

Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant / System Operator Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant / System Operator?

Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant / System Operator in Racine:
"I enjoy it."
Pros: Independent work.
Cons: Can get messy.

Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant / System Operator in Norristown:
"Educational."
Pros: Close to home, 1st shift Monday - Friday, overtime optional. Great staff, good bosses.
Cons: Outside in all the elements, dress properly or you'll be sorry.

Key Stats for Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant / System Operator

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant / System Operator Salaries

Late-Career
▲38%

Experienced
▲12%

Mid-Career
▲10%

National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
no benefits
None: 13%
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