Water Plant Operator Salary
Men represent the vast majority of Water Plant Operators in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $19.08 per hour nationwide. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Water Plant Operators. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
|Salary||$30,574 - $66,495|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $2,020|
|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).)
|$28,969 - $63,712|
|Hourly Rate||$13.28 - $27.36|
|Overtime||$19.04 - $42.55|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $2,020|
|Total Pay (||$28,969 - $63,712|
Job Description for Water Plant Operator
Water plant operators work in water treatment plants and facilities. They generally operate the plant equipment, as well as perform tests, adjust and change chemicals, monitor changes, and communicate with the control center. They also repair and maintain pumps and valves, as well as perform preventative maintenance on a firm schedule. In some locations, water plant operators work in shifts on a rotating basis. However, in many places, they have permanent shifts on a full-time basis. They may be required to work nights, weekends, and holidays depending on the needs of their employer. This job involves working with municipality wastewater and machinery, and these professionals are typically managed by a plant manager or a senior water plant operator.Read More...
Generally, water plant operators are required to have a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent and a driver’s license. Some states and localities offer certification as a wastewater treatment plant operator and may require that certification prior to hiring. Other employers may require further education, such as an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.
In addition, waste plant operators they have to be able to follow written instructions, perform mathematical calculations, and maintain proper records. They need to be able to follow all company policies and procedures, as well as any state or federal requirements regarding safety. Effective use of safety equipment is necessary for water plant operators because they may be required to lift up to 50 pounds, climb ladders, and work in confined spaces. Due to this, they also need to be in overall good physical condition with good eyesight and hearing for inspections and alarms. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
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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Pay by Experience Level for Water Plant Operator
Pay by Experience for a Water Plant Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Water Plant Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 116 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A 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 $46,000 based on 76 salaries. An experienced Water Plant Operator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 79 salaries. A 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 $52,000 based on 46 salaries.
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