Salary for Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators

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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 normally get salaries ranging from $29,730 - $79,620 depending on experience and talent. will normally receive salaries of fifty-one thousand eight hundred and ninety dollars per year.

receive the highest compensation in California, where they receive a compensation of just about $75,570. Employees in this career have the most lucrative average salary level in Management of Companies and Enterprises, which has normal pay levels of $78,120.

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SALARY TREND

The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 42.55 percent nationwide in that time.

INDUSTRIES

Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators tend to make the most in the following industries:

Management of Companies and Enterprises
$78,120
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$55,400
Wholesale Trade
$55,120
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
$54,910
Accommodation and Food Services
$53,710
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$52,690

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Transportation and Warehousing
$33,600
Educational Services
$39,090
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$46,600
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$47,890
Construction
$48,190
Manufacturing
$50,230