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

The average annual and hourly salaries for water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in the state of Kentucky 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 Kentucky 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 Kentucky

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$25,500
25th Percentile Wage
$30,720
50th Percentile Wage
$37,490
75th Percentile Wage
$46,430
90th Percentile Wage
$54,370

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in Kentucky in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $54,370. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $37,490. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $25,500.

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
$37,490
2.13% 12.48%
2016
$36,690
0.41% -
2015
$36,540
5.25% -
2014
$34,620
2.31% -
2013
$33,820
2.99% -
2012
$32,810
- -

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in some Kentucky cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in state of Kentucky ranges from $30,910 to $52,560. The highest paying area for water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in Kentucky is Owensboro with a median annual salary of $52,560. The second highest paying city/area in Kentucky State is Louisville-Jefferson County (mean annual salary $44,960). The lowest paying area is East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $30,910.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Owensboro
$52,560
Louisville-Jefferson County
$44,960
Lexington-Fayette
$40,360
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
$37,600
Elizabethtown
$36,440
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
$36,100
Evansville
$35,800
Bowling Green
$34,080
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
$32,800
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
$30,910




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