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

The average annual and hourly salaries for water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in the state of Tennessee 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 Tennessee 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 2014 and published in May 2015 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators in Tennessee

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$57,430
75th Percentile Wage
$47,340
50th Percentile Wage
$37,730
25th Percentile Wage
$30,730
10th Percentile Wage
$24,580

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in Tennessee in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $57,430. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $37,730. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $24,580.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$27.61
75th Percentile Wage
$22.76
50th Percentile Wage
$18.14
25th Percentile Wage
$14.77
10th Percentile Wage
$11.82

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in Tennessee in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $27.61. The median hourly salary is $18.14. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $11.82.

Table 3. Salary Trend

YearAverage Annual SalaryGrowth (%)
2014 $37,730 0.53%
2013 $37,530 4.37%
2012 $35,960 2.33%
2011 $35,140 4.12%
2010 $33,750 -

Table 3 shows the salary trend for water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in state of Tennessee from 2010 to 2014. We note that from 2010 to 2014 the average salary has increased by 11.79%. We note that in 2013 the average salary increased by 4.37%. 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 4.12% in 2011.

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

OccupationAverage Wage
Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators
$37,730
Chemical Plant and System Operators
$48,770
Gas Plant Operators
$53,790
Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers
$55,210
Other Plant and System Operators
$72,330
Nuclear Power Reactor Operators
$80,310
Power Distributors and Dispatchers
$63,270

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

Table 5 shows the median annual salary of water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in some Tennessee cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in state of Tennessee ranges from $29,460 to $44,490. The highest paying area for water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in Tennessee is Memphis with a median annual salary of $44,490. The second highest paying city/area in Tennessee State is Jackson (mean annual salary $43,880). The lowest paying area is Johnson City with a median annual salary of $29,460.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Memphis
$44,490
Jackson
$43,880
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin
$41,750
Knoxville
$40,210
Morristown
$37,260
Clarksville
$37,120
Chattanooga
$36,620
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
$35,230
Western Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
$35,220
Cleveland
$34,600
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
$34,500
North Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
$32,610
Johnson City
$29,460

Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operator Salary by State

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