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 $19.02 per hour nationwide. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Most Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant Operators like their work and job satisfaction is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,513 - $63,030
(Median)
$31K
$44K
$63K
MEDIAN: $43,573
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$11.68 - $28.47
(Median)
$12
$19
$28
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$30,513 - $63,030  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,350  
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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$27,569 - $61,819  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 38
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.68 - $28.47  
   
Overtime
$16.61 - $44.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,350  
   
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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$27,569 - $61,819  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 115
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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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $37K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $46K. For Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant Operators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $46K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant Operators with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $52K.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$42,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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