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 among Iowa 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 2014 and published in May 2015 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$60,540
75th Percentile Wage
$52,410
50th Percentile Wage
$43,160
25th Percentile Wage
$34,560
10th Percentile Wage
$25,590

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 $60,540. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $43,160. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $25,590.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$29.11
75th Percentile Wage
$25.20
50th Percentile Wage
$20.75
25th Percentile Wage
$16.62
10th Percentile Wage
$12.30

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in Iowa in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $29.11. The median hourly salary is $20.75. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $12.30.

Table 3. Salary Trend

YearAverage Annual SalaryGrowth (%)
2014 $43,160 4.45%
2013 $41,320 -0.24%
2012 $41,420 2.02%
2011 $40,600 1.75%
2010 $39,900 -

Table 3 shows the salary trend for water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in state of Iowa from 2010 to 2014. We note that from 2010 to 2014 the average salary has increased by 8.17%. We note that in 2013 the average salary decreased by -0.24%.We also note that the average annual wage had a moderate growth of 2.02% in the year 2012 and a moderate increase of 1.75% in 2011.

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

OccupationAverage Wage
Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators
$43,160
Chemical Plant and System Operators
$40,520
Gas Plant Operators
$56,680
Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers
$63,730
Other Plant and System Operators
$51,970
Power Distributors and Dispatchers
$76,530
Power Plant Operators
$65,960

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

Table 5 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 $36,850 to $56,870. 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 $56,870. The second highest paying city/area in Iowa State is Iowa City (mean annual salary $52,070). The lowest paying area is Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $36,850.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Des Moines-West Des Moines
$56,870
Iowa City
$52,070
Cedar Rapids
$51,720
Dubuque
$50,680
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island
$47,960
Ames
$45,850
Waterloo-Cedar Falls
$43,240
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area
$42,050
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area
$40,320
Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area
$37,360
Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area
$36,850

Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operator Salary by State

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