Salary for Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators

Also known as:  Industrial Waste Treatment Technician, Lead Sewage Plant Operator, Liquid Waste Treatment Plant Operator, Sewage Plant Operator, Waste Treatment Operator, Wastewater Operator, Water Plant Operator, Water Treatment Technician

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The staff that work to maintain, operate, and develop water treatment plants provide a vital function to every community. Wastewater treatment plant operators and the related staff are usually paid on municipal scales when working for public water departments. Greater salaries can be found in private industry, where water is treated in order to comply with environmental regulations, and to preserve and sanitize water for manufacturing purposes.

A Water or Wastewater Treatment Plant or System Operator will usually earn an average compensation somewhere between 32000 to 48000 based on tenure level. Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators usually get average salaries of Forty Two Thousand Nine Hundred dollars per annum.

Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators have the highest salaries in Nevada, where they earn an average job salary of approximately $58520. People in this job function have the best average compensation in Wholesale Trade, where they can earn wages of $52200.

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HOURLY RATE
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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 19.07 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators tend to make the most in the following industries
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction $52,200
Wholesale Trade $47,460
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $46,830
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $46,100
Utilities $42,800
Public Administration $42,450
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Construction $35,270
Health Care and Social Assistance $37,970
Other Services (except Public Administration) $38,690
Management of Companies and Enterprises $39,190
Manufacturing $40,450
Educational Services $41,770
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