Average Water Plant Operator Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a Water Plant Operator is $19.11.
MEDIAN $19.11
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Hourly Rate
$13 - $27
$98 - $1,949
Profit Sharing
$0 - $500
Total Pay
$28,342 - $63,027

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Job Description for Water Plant Operator

Water Plant Operator Tasks
  • Maintain water testing and treatment plant equipment.
  • Maintains documentation and records of plant operations and data.
  • Collect, test, and analyze water samples.
  • Operate wells and chemical feed systems, and oversee store tank levels to ensure compliance with regulations.

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Career Paths

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Water Plant Operator
Water Treatment Operator
Water Treatment Plant Manager
General / Operations Manager
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Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Water Plant Operator

Skills in Plant Maintenance, SCADA, Troubleshooting and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Diagnosis and Treatment Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Water Plant Operator

An entry-level Water Plant Operator with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $15.36 based on 12 salaries. An early career Water Plant Operator with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $16.27 based on 172 salaries. A mid-career Water Plant Operator with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $19.40 based on 124 salaries. An experienced Water Plant Operator with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $21.49 based on 143 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $24.

Pay Difference by Location

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Employees with Water Plant Operator in their job title in Austin, Texas earn an average of 4.4% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Dallas, Texas (1.6% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Victoria, Texas (6.9% less).

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