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 among Minnesota 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 Minnesota

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$60,390
75th Percentile Wage
$56,370
50th Percentile Wage
$49,660
25th Percentile Wage
$42,440
10th Percentile Wage
$36,430

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 $60,390. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $49,660. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $36,430.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$29.04
75th Percentile Wage
$27.10
50th Percentile Wage
$23.87
25th Percentile Wage
$20.39
10th Percentile Wage
$17.51

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in Minnesota in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $29.04. The median hourly salary is $23.87. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $17.51.

Table 3. Salary Trend

YearAverage Annual SalaryGrowth (%)
2014 $49,660 -0.28%
2013 $49,800 1.08%
2012 $49,270 2.33%
2011 $48,150 3.53%
2010 $46,510 -

Table 3 shows the salary trend for water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in state of Minnesota from 2010 to 2014. We note that from 2010 to 2014 the average salary has increased by 6.77%. We note that in 2013 the average salary increased by 1.08%. We also note that the average annual wage had a moderate growth of 2.33% in the year 2012 and a relatively large increase of 3.53% in 2011.

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

OccupationAverage Wage
Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators
$49,660
Chemical Plant and System Operators
$37,540
Gas Plant Operators
$58,470
Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers
$55,140
Other Plant and System Operators
$55,320
Power Distributors and Dispatchers
$75,540
Power Plant Operators
$69,780

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

Table 5 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 $42,430 to $51,880. The highest paying area for water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in Minnesota is Rochester with a median annual salary of $51,880. The second highest paying city/area in Minnesota State is Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (mean annual salary $50,530). The lowest paying area is Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $42,430.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Rochester
$51,880
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area
$50,530
Northeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area
$50,500
St Cloud
$49,730
Mankato-North Mankato
$43,420
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area
$43,230
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area
$42,430

Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operator Salary by State

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