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

The highest paying states 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 of water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in those states are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with an annual salary of $68,800, California is the highest paying state for water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators. It is followed by Alaska (average annual salary $64,920). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2018 [1]. For more salary information of water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in a specific state, use the links in the table.

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

Rank State Average Salary i Entry Level
Salary i
# of
Empl. i
1 California
$68,800
$40,820 11,330
2 Alaska
$64,920
$38,830 640
3 Connecticut
$64,590
$45,950 1,060
4 Nevada
$64,170
$40,040 580
5 Washington
$60,610
$42,350 2,740
6 New Jersey
$59,250
$35,440 2,220
7 Oregon
$55,820
$37,470 1,160
8 Illinois
$54,950
$27,840 3,730
9 District of Columbia
$54,880
$28,060 320
10 Massachusetts
$54,560
$38,790 1,780
11 Hawaii
$53,680
$39,390 460
12 Minnesota
$53,450
$33,680 3,010
13 New York
$53,240
$35,270 4,450
14 Colorado
$52,270
$32,190 2,080
15 Rhode Island
$51,970
$41,550 340
16 Wyoming
$51,530
$35,350 490
17 Wisconsin
$51,300
$35,110 2,140
18 New Hampshire
$49,770
$35,770 390
19 Pennsylvania
$48,920
$28,950 5,330
20 Ohio
$47,950
$33,180 4,860
21 Arizona
$47,280
$29,090 2,010
22 Vermont
$46,750
$27,760 360
23 Michigan
$46,440
$31,840 2,800
24 Florida
$46,310
$32,000 5,790
25 North Dakota
$46,100
$17,930 430
26 Delaware
$46,000
$29,860 450
27 Iowa
$45,640
$26,050 1,950
28 Utah
$45,520
$24,310 1,230
29 Maine
$45,280
$32,860 590
30 Montana
$44,240
$28,210 540
31 Alabama
$44,210
$28,020 2,000
32 Maryland
$43,810
$30,810 1,570
33 Nebraska
$43,260
$28,260 890
34 Virginia
$42,530
$27,950 2,950
35 Missouri
$41,550
$26,840 2,290
36 Indiana
$41,390
$27,840 3,090
37 South Carolina
$41,280
$27,220 3,230
38 North Carolina
$41,240
$29,350 3,480
39 Guam
$40,580
$30,030 90
40 South Dakota
$40,270
$28,910 890
41 Idaho
$39,400
$25,820 1,020
42 Tennessee
$39,370
$27,140 2,800
43 Kansas
$38,140
$26,870 1,350
44 Kentucky
$37,490
$25,500 2,570
45 Texas
$37,350
$24,940 10,630
46 New Mexico
$36,990
$20,410 1,040
47 Georgia
$36,390
$23,820 3,400
48 West Virginia
$36,290
$23,180 1,300
49 Mississippi
$33,280
$19,700 1,100
50 Louisiana
$33,090
$22,240 2,190
51 Arkansas
$32,810
$21,470 2,410
52 Oklahoma
$32,720
$22,490 2,150
53 Puerto Rico
$24,470
$17,230 1,150
See also: Highest paying industries for water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators, Top Paying Jobs in America.