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Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant / System Operator Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant Operators in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $17.74 per hour nationwide. A large number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over a half. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$26,179 - $63,304
(Median)
$26K
$48K
$63K
MEDIAN: $48,240
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90%

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$12.42 - $24.79
(Median)
$12
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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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
$26,179 - $63,304  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,041  
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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$27,119 - $58,531  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 71
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.42 - $24.79  
   
Overtime
$17.27 - $39.05  
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 - $1,041  
   
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).
)
$27,119 - $58,531  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | 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.


For Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant Operators, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $35K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $42K. On average, Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant Operators make $46K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $48K.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

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
31%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 11%
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