Waste Water Plant Operator Salary

A sizeable majority of Waste Water Plant Operators in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $18.78 per hour. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$29,882 - $72,158
$30K
$47K
$72K
MEDIAN: $46,686
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$13.62 - $26.21
$14
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $18.81
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$0$72K
Salary $29,882 - $72,158
Bonus $0.00 - $2,061
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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$29,023 - $61,449
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 171
Hourly Data $0$41
Hourly Rate $13.62 - $26.21
Overtime $20.39 - $41.16
Annual Data $0$61K
Bonus $0.00 - $2,061
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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$29,023 - $61,449
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 674

Job Description for Waste Water Plant Operator

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 for Waste Water Plant Operator


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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.

Waste Water Plant Operator Job Listings

Pay by Experience Level for Waste Water Plant Operator

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.

Waste Water Plant Operator Reviews

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

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.

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Key Stats for Waste Water Plant Operator

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 155 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
13%

Experience Affects Waste Water Plant Operator Salaries

▲20%

▲14%

▼0%

National Average
$42,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect Waste Water Plant Operator 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 155 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
no benefits
None: 10%