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 metropolitan areas 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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$32,190
25th Percentile Wage
$42,570
50th Percentile Wage
$52,270
75th Percentile Wage
$64,130
90th Percentile Wage
$75,610

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 $75,610. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $52,270. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $32,190.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$52,270
1.97% 8.80%
2016
$51,240
0.80% -
2015
$50,830
0.57% -
2014
$50,540
2.20% -
2013
$49,430
3.56% -
2012
$47,670
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Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators in Colorado Cities

Table 3 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 $31,070 to $58,090. The highest paying area for water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in Colorado is Boulder with a median annual salary of $58,090. The second highest paying city/area in Colorado State is Denver-Aurora-Broomfield (mean annual salary $57,490). The lowest paying area is East and South Colorado nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $31,070.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Boulder
$58,090
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield
$57,490
Grand Junction
$56,150
Northcentral Colorado nonmetropolitan area
$55,650
Greeley
$52,370
Colorado Springs
$51,940
Fort Collins-Loveland
$51,230
Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area
$47,400
West Colorado nonmetropolitan area
$46,690
Pueblo
$46,140
East and South Colorado nonmetropolitan area
$31,070




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