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

The average annual and hourly salaries for water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in the state of Texas are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators amongst Texas 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 Texas

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$24,940
25th Percentile Wage
$29,790
50th Percentile Wage
$37,350
75th Percentile Wage
$46,940
90th Percentile Wage
$57,160

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in Texas in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $57,160. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $37,350. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $24,940.

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
$37,350
2.30% 12.16%
2016
$36,490
2.36% -
2015
$35,630
3.37% -
2014
$34,430
2.64% -
2013
$33,520
2.12% -
2012
$32,810
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Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators in Texas Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in some Texas cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in state of Texas ranges from $27,830 to $44,890. The highest paying area for water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in Texas is Midland with a median annual salary of $44,890. The second highest paying city/area in Texas State is Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos (mean annual salary $44,850). The lowest paying area is McAllen-Edinburg-Mission with a median annual salary of $27,830.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Midland
$44,890
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos
$44,850
Victoria
$43,670
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown
$41,520
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area
$40,020
Lubbock
$39,130
Fort Worth-Arlington
$38,900
San Angelo
$38,700
College Station-Bryan
$38,630
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington
$38,530
Corpus Christi
$38,440
Dallas-Plano-Irving
$38,420
Sherman-Denison
$37,820
Beaumont-Port Arthur
$37,750
Waco
$37,460
Longview
$37,010
San Antonio-New Braunfels
$36,900
Odessa
$36,640
El Paso
$35,830
Abilene
$34,730
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area
$34,580
Amarillo
$34,450
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area
$34,330
Wichita Falls
$33,190
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area
$32,940
Texarkana-Texarkana
$32,830
Tyler
$32,320
Brownsville-Harlingen
$32,300
Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood
$32,160
North Central Texas nonmetropolitan area
$32,020
Laredo
$30,870
Southern Texas nonmetropolitan area
$30,060
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission
$27,830




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