Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operator Salary Information in North Carolina

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$55,980
75th Percentile Wage
$45,980
50th Percentile Wage
$37,310
25th Percentile Wage
$31,390
10th Percentile Wage
$26,180

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in North Carolina in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $55,980. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $37,310. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $26,180.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$26.91
75th Percentile Wage
$22.11
50th Percentile Wage
$17.94
25th Percentile Wage
$15.09
10th Percentile Wage
$12.59

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in North Carolina in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $26.91. The median hourly salary is $17.94. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $12.59.

Table 3. Salary Trend

YearAverage Annual SalaryGrowth (%)
2014 $37,310 2.30%
2013 $36,470 -0.84%
2012 $36,780 0.82%
2011 $36,480 1.36%
2010 $35,990 -

Table 3 shows the salary trend for water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in state of North Carolina from 2010 to 2014. We note that from 2010 to 2014 the average salary has increased by 3.67%. We note that in 2013 the average salary decreased by -0.84%.We also note that the average annual wage had a small growth of 0.82% in the year 2012 and a moderate increase of 1.36% in 2011.

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

OccupationAverage Wage
Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators
$37,310
Chemical Plant and System Operators
$52,500
Gas Plant Operators
$38,910
Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers
$55,870
Other Plant and System Operators
$50,810
Nuclear Power Reactor Operators
$73,900
Power Distributors and Dispatchers
$61,780

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

Table 5 shows the median annual salary of water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in some North Carolina cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in state of North Carolina ranges from $33,980 to $50,550. The highest paying area for water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in North Carolina is Durham-Chapel Hill with a median annual salary of $50,550. The second highest paying city/area in North Carolina State is Greenville (mean annual salary $47,660). The lowest paying area is Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton with a median annual salary of $33,980.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Durham-Chapel Hill
$50,550
Greenville
$47,660
Wilmington
$41,560
Asheville
$41,380
Jacksonville
$41,230
Fayetteville
$40,190
Winston-Salem
$37,540
Greensboro-High Point
$36,970
Goldsboro
$36,880
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$35,400
Rocky Mount
$35,050
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$34,950
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$34,690
Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$34,280
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton
$33,980

Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operator Salary by State

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