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

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$28,950
25th Percentile Wage
$38,800
50th Percentile Wage
$48,920
75th Percentile Wage
$59,560
90th Percentile Wage
$69,890

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in Pennsylvania in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $69,890. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $48,920. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $28,950.

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
$48,920
1.35% 10.57%
2016
$48,260
2.76% -
2015
$46,930
4.33% -
2014
$44,900
1.16% -
2013
$44,380
1.42% -
2012
$43,750
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Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators in Pennsylvania Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in some Pennsylvania cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in state of Pennsylvania ranges from $31,960 to $59,710. The highest paying area for water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in Pennsylvania is Newark-Union with a median annual salary of $59,710. The second highest paying city/area in Pennsylvania State is Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington (mean annual salary $55,060). The lowest paying area is Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $31,960.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Newark-Union
$59,710
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington
$55,060
Pittsburgh
$54,660
State College
$54,000
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre
$53,050
York-Hanover
$51,860
Johnstown
$50,050
Erie
$49,320
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman
$49,190
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton
$48,490
Lancaster
$48,170
Harrisburg-Carlisle
$48,100
Philadelphia
$47,320
Reading
$45,780
Williamsport
$45,460
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$43,940
Lebanon
$43,890
Altoona
$42,690
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$41,100
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$35,290
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$31,960




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