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Average Water Plant Operator Hourly Pay

$19.04
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$572
Bonus
$2,250
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The average hourly pay for a Water Plant Operator is $19.04.
10%
$13.48
MEDIAN
$19.04
90%
$27.43
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Hourly Rate
$13 - $27
Bonus
$194 - $2,919
Profit Sharing
$0 - $2,250
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$29,000 - $63,326
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What Do Water Plant Operators Do?

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.

Job Satisfaction for Water Plant Operator

3.9 out of 5
(120)
Highly Satisfied
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What Are Popular Skills for Water Plant Operators?

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.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Water Plant Operators?

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 $15.86 based on 14 salaries. An early career Water Plant Operator with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $16.64 based on 163 salaries. A mid-career Water Plant Operator with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $19.38 based on 112 salaries. An experienced Water Plant Operator with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $21.61 based on 131 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $24.
Employees with Water Plant Operator in their job title in Clinton, Tennessee earn an average of 35.1% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Rockford, Illinois (31.3% more) and Birmingham, Alabama (26.7% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Houston, Texas (19.0% less), Dallas, Texas (5.5% less) and Victoria, Texas (4.7% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 504 survey responses.
Entry Level
2.8%
Early Career
32.3%
Mid Career
22.2%
Experienced
26.0%
Late Career
16.7%