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

The average annual and hourly salaries for water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in the state of Colorado 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 Colorado 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 Colorado

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$73,650
75th Percentile Wage
$61,700
50th Percentile Wage
$50,540
25th Percentile Wage
$40,550
10th Percentile Wage
$31,570

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in Colorado in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $73,650. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $50,540. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $31,570.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$35.40
75th Percentile Wage
$29.66
50th Percentile Wage
$24.30
25th Percentile Wage
$19.48
10th Percentile Wage
$15.18

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in Colorado in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $35.40. The median hourly salary is $24.30. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $15.18.

Table 3. Salary Trend

YearAverage Annual SalaryGrowth (%)
2014 $50,540 2.25%
2013 $49,430 3.69%
2012 $47,670 -0.21%
2011 $47,770 -0.27%
2010 $47,900 -

Table 3 shows the salary trend for water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in state of Colorado from 2010 to 2014. We note that from 2010 to 2014 the average salary has increased by 5.51%. We note that in 2013 the average salary increased by 3.69%. We also see in both 2011 and 2012 the salaries had negtive growth.

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

OccupationAverage Wage
Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators
$50,540
Chemical Plant and System Operators
$48,120
Gas Plant Operators
$73,770
Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers
$74,580
Other Plant and System Operators
$52,300
Power Distributors and Dispatchers
$87,720
Power Plant Operators
$69,630

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

Table 5 shows the median annual salary of water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in some Colorado cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in state of Colorado ranges from $37,380 to $60,070. The highest paying area for water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in Colorado is Northcentral Colorado nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $60,070. The second highest paying city/area in Colorado State is Fort Collins-Loveland (mean annual salary $55,480). The lowest paying area is East and South Colorado nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $37,380.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Northcentral Colorado nonmetropolitan area
$60,070
Fort Collins-Loveland
$55,480
Boulder
$52,760
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield
$52,230
Colorado Springs
$51,160
Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area
$47,400
Greeley
$47,250
Pueblo
$46,810
West Colorado nonmetropolitan area
$45,990
East and South Colorado nonmetropolitan area
$37,380

Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operator Salary by State

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