$46,201
Avg. Salary
$18.72
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$242

Bonus

$1,500

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Waste Water Plant Operator is $18.72 per hour.

The average pay for a Waste Water Plant Operator is $46,201 per year.

10%
$13.33
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$18.72
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$26.21
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MEDIAN $18.72
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$31k
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$46k
50%
$72k
90%
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MEDIAN $46,201
$30,805 - $72,384
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MEDIAN: $46,201
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$0$72K
Salary $30,805 - $72,384
Bonus $0.00 - $3,052
Profit Sharing $1,500
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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$28,805 - $62,012
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 273
Hourly Data $0$41
Hourly Rate $13.33 - $26.21
Overtime $19.83 - $41.62
Annual Data $0$62K
Bonus $0.00 - $3,052
Profit Sharing $1,500
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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$28,805 - $62,012
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,121

Job Description

Waste water plant operators ensure drinking water is safe for consumption by the general public. To conduct this task, operators use many types of equipment that are usually housed in very large plants. The machines inside the plants intake water from many sources ranging from rivers to streams to sewers. The main task of an operator is to monitor the machines, as well as maintain and take measurements/readings of the data the equipment collects. Operators must pay close attention to the smell of the water as it is being processed, as well as the contents of the water observed on a microscopic level. The operator usually works during regular business hours, and their position is hands on and may be dangerous.

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Waste Water Plant Operator Tasks
  • Operate machines to transfer or treat waste water.
  • Test water and sewage samples.
  • Inspect machines and operating conditions to detect malfunctions.

Common Career Paths


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Waste Water Plant Operators may progress into high-paying roles like Wastewater Treatment Plant Superintendent, where median compensation is $56K annually. Many Waste Water Plant Operators advance into roles as Water Treatment Operators or Water or Liquid Waste Treatment Plant Operators, but the median salaries are $3K lower and $2K lower, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level

Pay by Experience for a Waste Water Plant Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Waste Water Plant Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 368 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Waste Water Plant Operator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 236 salaries. An experienced Waste Water Plant Operator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 189 salaries. A Waste Water Plant Operator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 97 salaries.

Job Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Waste Water Plant Operator?

Waste Water Plant Operator in Hammond:
Pros: Perks & benefits. Friendly environment. Employee appreciation.
Cons: Lots of long distance driving for me. Sitting in a vehicle too long. Lack of advancement opportunities.

Waste Water Plant Operator in Willingboro:
"GAIN MORE KNOWLEDGE."
ATTEND ADVANCED CLASSES.

Waste Water Plant Operator in 17847:
"Casual."
Pros: Close to home.
Cons: Not a lot of opportunities.

Waste Water Plant Operator in Salida:
"Do I make enough."
Pros: Biology is fun. People I work with.
Cons: Raw sewage. Maintenance with raw sewage. State inspection. State laws have conciquences I can be held responsible for.

Waste Water Plant Operator in San Jose:
"Related position opportunity."
Understand advancement opportunity.

Waste Water Plant Operator in Clarksville:
Take time to listen & to take all the opertunities to get in and work no matter flow or sludge, mechanical situations..don't ever say you won't do the wok put ahead of you for the day..

Waste Water Plant Operator in Clinton:
"Do you want this job?"
Think long and hard before you choose this career path. It is a rewarding job in knowing that you have a direct impact on the environment. The pay for this field sucks. I was told long ago to get my degree by someone I who didnt even know me, he said 'get your degree and you'll be able to further yourself both careerwise and financially', my boss on the other hand told me a degree wasnt necessary because an operators license would allow me to write my own ticket. Bullshit. Nobody wants to hire anyone without a degree, PERIOD! License or not, I have been declined for jobs where my license and experience outweighed what they were looking for. I was denied simply because I didnt have a degree. Go be a banker, their is more money in it.

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Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 267 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
13%

How Experience Affects Salaries

▲20%

▲15%

▼0%

National Average
$42,000

▼12%

How Skills Affect Salaries


Equipment Maintenance
▲5%

National Average
$42,000

Plant Maintenance
▼2%

Mechanical Tool Repair
▼7%

Machine Operation
▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 267 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
no benefits
None: 9%