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 $17.92 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $12.61 per hour and $24.87. 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 the greater part earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$27,972 - $63,714
(Median)
$28K
$48K
$64K
MEDIAN: $47,990
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$12.61 - $24.87
(Median)
$13
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$27,972 - $63,714  
   
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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$27,620 - $59,382  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 74
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.61 - $24.87  
   
Overtime
$17.62 - $38.70  
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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$27,620 - $59,382  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 218
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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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $36K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $42K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $46K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $50K.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
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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
12%

Common Health Benefits

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