The average hourly pay for a Water Plant Operator is $19.11.
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$98 - $1,949
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$28,342 - $63,027
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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…Read more
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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Popular Skills for Water Plant Operator
Avg. Hourly Rate
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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