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

The average annual and hourly salaries for water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in the state of Iowa are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators amongst Iowa 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 Iowa

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$26,050
25th Percentile Wage
$35,660
50th Percentile Wage
$45,640
75th Percentile Wage
$55,380
90th Percentile Wage
$63,330

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in Iowa in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $63,330. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $45,640. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $26,050.

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
$45,640
1.80% 9.25%
2016
$44,820
1.72% -
2015
$44,050
2.02% -
2014
$43,160
4.26% -
2013
$41,320
-0.24% -
2012
$41,420
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators in Iowa Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in some Iowa cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in state of Iowa ranges from $29,820 to $55,630. The highest paying area for water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in Iowa is Des Moines-West Des Moines with a median annual salary of $55,630. The second highest paying city/area in Iowa State is Dubuque (mean annual salary $54,370). The lowest paying area is Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $29,820.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Des Moines-West Des Moines
$55,630
Dubuque
$54,370
Iowa City
$54,010
Cedar Rapids
$53,460
Waterloo-Cedar Falls
$49,420
Ames
$48,760
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island
$47,310
Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area
$45,000
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area
$44,600
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area
$42,350
Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area
$29,820




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