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 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 North Carolina

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$29,350
25th Percentile Wage
$34,530
50th Percentile Wage
$41,240
75th Percentile Wage
$49,540
90th Percentile Wage
$58,530

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 $58,530. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $41,240. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $29,350.

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
$41,240
2.86% 10.81%
2016
$40,060
4.97% -
2015
$38,070
2.00% -
2014
$37,310
2.25% -
2013
$36,470
-0.85% -
2012
$36,780
- -

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

Table 3 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 $35,620 to $51,830. The highest paying area for water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in North Carolina is Jacksonville with a median annual salary of $51,830. The second highest paying city/area in North Carolina State is Raleigh-Cary (mean annual salary $47,560). The lowest paying area is Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $35,620.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Jacksonville
$51,830
Raleigh-Cary
$47,560
Durham-Chapel Hill
$45,520
Fayetteville
$45,040
Wilmington
$43,870
Greenville
$43,700
Greensboro-High Point
$42,370
Burlington
$41,860
Asheville
$41,380
Goldsboro
$38,900
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton
$38,850
Rocky Mount
$38,580
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$37,970
Winston-Salem
$37,830
Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$37,730
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$37,500
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$35,620




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