Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operator Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators among California cities is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2014 and published in May 2015 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$94,370
75th Percentile Wage
$80,000
50th Percentile Wage
$64,240
25th Percentile Wage
$51,430
10th Percentile Wage
$40,020

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $94,370. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $64,240. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $40,020.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$45.37
75th Percentile Wage
$38.46
50th Percentile Wage
$30.88
25th Percentile Wage
$24.72
10th Percentile Wage
$19.23

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $45.37. The median hourly salary is $30.88. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $19.23.

Table 3. Salary Trend

YearAverage Annual SalaryGrowth (%)
2014 $64,240 2.08%
2013 $62,930 -1.69%
2012 $64,010 2.96%
2011 $62,170 3.48%
2010 $60,080 -

Table 3 shows the salary trend for water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in state of California from 2010 to 2014. We note that from 2010 to 2014 the average salary has increased by 6.92%. We note that in 2013 the average salary decreased by -1.69%.We also note that the average annual wage had a moderate growth of 2.96% in the year 2012 and a relatively large increase of 3.48% in 2011.

Table 4. Average Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operator Wage in California vs. Related Jobs

OccupationAverage Wage
Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators
$64,240
Chemical Plant and System Operators
$56,210
Gas Plant Operators
$73,670
Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers
$76,190
Other Plant and System Operators
$63,010
Nuclear Power Reactor Operators
$94,250
Power Distributors and Dispatchers
$94,790

Table 5. Median Annual Salary of Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators in California Cities

Table 5 shows the median annual salary of water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in state of California ranges from $41,180 to $83,020. The highest paying area for water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in California is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City with a median annual salary of $83,020. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont (mean annual salary $81,430). The lowest paying area is Eastern Sierra Region of California nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $41,180.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$83,020
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$81,430
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$78,010
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$77,210
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$75,040
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$74,570
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$71,930
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$69,020
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$69,000
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$66,480
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$65,210
Salinas
$65,130
Vallejo-Fairfield
$63,020
Stockton
$62,080
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$61,650
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$61,390
Napa
$60,760
Redding
$59,350
Chico
$59,300
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$58,390
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$56,010
Merced
$55,720
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$54,890
Yuba City
$53,800
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$53,570
El Centro
$50,420
Modesto
$50,090
Bakersfield-Delano
$48,760
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$48,050
Fresno
$47,370
Visalia-Porterville
$47,130
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$46,580
Madera-Chowchilla
$45,690
Hanford-Corcoran
$43,800
Eastern Sierra Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$41,180

Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operator Salary by State

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