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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 $17.70 per hour. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$25,791 - $63,274
(Median)
$26K
$48K
$63K
MEDIAN: $48,240
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50%
90%

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$12.40 - $24.88
(Median)
$12
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$25,791 - $63,274  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,042  
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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$26,932 - $58,350  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 67
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.40 - $24.88  
   
Overtime
$17.06 - $39.10  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,042  
   
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).
)
$26,932 - $58,350  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 223

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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.

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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.


Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant Operators with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $35K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $42K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $46K in this role. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $48K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 53 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 11%