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Highest Paying Industries for Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators

The top 100 highest paying industries for water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $103,270, natural gas distribution is the highest paying industry for water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators. It is followed by metal ore mining industry (average annual salary $65,530). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Natural Gas Distribution
$103,270
90
2 Metal Ore Mining
$65,530
70
3 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$65,350
430
4 Mining (except Oil and Gas)
$65,170
70
5 Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
$62,700
n/a
6 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$58,500
40
7 Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$58,450
110
8 Educational Services - Privately owned
$57,210
50
9 Wholesale Trade
$56,290
290
10 Engineering Services
$56,060
370
11 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$56,050
150
12 Scientific Research and Development Services
$56,050
150
13 Chemical Manufacturing
$55,220
300
14 Facilities Support Services
$54,780
150
15 Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel
$54,520
70
16 Federal government, including USPS
$54,310
570
17 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$54,310
570
18 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$53,220
230
19 Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
$53,090
n/a
20 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$52,850
110
21 Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
$52,730
130
22 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$52,020
500
23 Foundries
$51,660
30
24 Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills
$50,410
510
25 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$49,690
930
26 Paper Manufacturing
$49,440
550
27 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$49,050
670
28 Waste Treatment and Disposal
$48,290
1,750
29 Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$48,050
50
30 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$47,770
380
31 Transportation and Warehousing
$47,700
40
32 Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$47,660
100
33 Accommodation
$47,200
70
34 Accommodation and Food Services
$47,200
70
35 Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$47,160
50
36 Waste Management and Remediation Services
$47,040
2,240
37 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$46,990
2,840
38 State government, including schools and hospitals
$46,940
1,010
39 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$46,910
240
40 Administrative and Support Services
$46,810
600
41 Educational Services - Local government owned
$46,620
70
42 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$46,110
250
43 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
$45,710
370
44 Educational Services
$45,550
440
45 Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$45,530
60
46 Elementary and Secondary Schools
$45,430
50
47 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$45,430
70
48 Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
$45,310
60
49 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$44,770
30
50 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$44,750
30
51 Hospitals - Privately owned
$44,750
30
52 Traveler Accommodation
$44,670
30
53 Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
$44,590
60
54 Elementary and Secondary Schools - Local government owned
$44,540
50
55 Educational Services - State government owned
$44,230
320
56 Oil and Gas Extraction
$44,200
60
57 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$44,170
88,230
58 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$44,170
87,790
59 Federal, State, and Local Government
$44,170
87,790
60 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - State government owned
$44,160
320
61 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$44,030
86,640
62 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$44,030
86,550
63 Employment Services
$43,910
380
64 Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
$43,810
40
65 Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries
$43,580
50
66 Specialty Trade Contractors
$43,580
90
67 Other Food Manufacturing
$43,430
100
68 Primary Metal Manufacturing
$43,410
270
69 Temporary Help Services
$43,380
250
70 Utilities
$43,310
13,660
71 Mining
$43,290
380
72 Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$43,240
60
73 Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors
$43,180
80
74 Building Equipment Contractors
$43,180
80
75 Machinery Manufacturing
$43,150
140
76 Manufacturing
$42,730
3,870
77 Water, Sewage and Other Systems
$42,730
13,140
78 Beverage Manufacturing
$42,650
290
79 Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing
$42,650
290
80 Waste Collection
$42,430
180
81 Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing
$41,770
40
82 Dairy Product Manufacturing
$41,590
180
83 Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$41,150
130
84 Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations
$40,670
190
85 Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations
$40,670
190
86 Remediation and Other Waste Management Services
$40,410
310
87 Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing
$39,880
220
88 Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$39,600
240
89 Household Appliance Manufacturing
$39,580
30
90 Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
$38,990
160
91 Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
$38,720
120
92 Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$38,520
60
93 Testing Laboratories
$38,420
n/a
94 Health Care and Social Assistance
$38,380
80
95 Support Activities for Mining
$38,340
n/a
96 Personal and Laundry Services
$38,290
40
97 Drycleaning and Laundry Services
$37,780
40
98 Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing
$37,780
110
99 Other Support Services
$37,730
30
100 Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$37,520
440
See also: Highest paying cities for water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators.