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

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$33,680
25th Percentile Wage
$43,710
50th Percentile Wage
$53,450
75th Percentile Wage
$60,800
90th Percentile Wage
$66,500

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in Minnesota in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $66,500. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $53,450. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $33,680.

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
$53,450
1.68% 7.82%
2016
$52,550
4.47% -
2015
$50,200
1.08% -
2014
$49,660
-0.28% -
2013
$49,800
1.06% -
2012
$49,270
- -

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in some Minnesota cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in state of Minnesota ranges from $46,130 to $56,300. The highest paying area for water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in Minnesota is St Cloud with a median annual salary of $56,300. The second highest paying city/area in Minnesota State is Mankato-North Mankato (mean annual salary $54,560). The lowest paying area is Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $46,130.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
St Cloud
$56,300
Mankato-North Mankato
$54,560
Rochester
$53,750
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area
$47,590
Northeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area
$47,500
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area
$46,710
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area
$46,130




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