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 amongst 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 2014 and published in May 2015 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$49,640
75th Percentile Wage
$42,000
50th Percentile Wage
$34,620
25th Percentile Wage
$28,280
10th Percentile Wage
$23,510

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 $49,640. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $34,620. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $23,510.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$23.87
75th Percentile Wage
$20.19
50th Percentile Wage
$16.64
25th Percentile Wage
$13.60
10th Percentile Wage
$11.30

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in Kentucky in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $23.87. The median hourly salary is $16.64. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $11.30.

Table 3. Salary Trend

YearAverage Annual SalaryGrowth (%)
2014 $34,620 2.37%
2013 $33,820 3.08%
2012 $32,810 -0.24%
2011 $32,890 2.24%
2010 $32,170 -

Table 3 shows the salary trend for water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in state of Kentucky from 2010 to 2014. We note that from 2010 to 2014 the average salary has increased by 7.62%. We note that in 2013 the average salary increased by 3.08%. We also see the year 2011 had a positive salary growth of 2.24% while year 2012 had a negtive one (-0.24%).

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

OccupationAverage Wage
Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators
$34,620
Chemical Plant and System Operators
$67,500
Gas Plant Operators
$67,850
Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers
$71,440
Other Plant and System Operators
$67,940
Power Distributors and Dispatchers
$86,210
Power Plant Operators
$66,810

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

Table 5 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 $29,280 to $46,460. The highest paying area for water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in Kentucky is Owensboro with a median annual salary of $46,460. The second highest paying city/area in Kentucky State is Evansville (mean annual salary $40,460). The lowest paying area is East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $29,280.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Owensboro
$46,460
Evansville
$40,460
Lexington-Fayette
$37,000
Louisville-Jefferson County
$36,480
Elizabethtown
$36,320
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
$36,270
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
$34,170
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
$30,930
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
$29,280

Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operator Salary by State

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