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Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operator Salary Information

The salary statistics of water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operator Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$27,910
25th Percentile Wage
$35,560
50th Percentile Wage
$46,150
75th Percentile Wage
$58,930
90th Percentile Wage
$73,410

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators is $73,410. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $46,150. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $27,910. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 163% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

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
$46,150
0.85% 7.35%
2016
$45,760
2.12% -
2015
$44,790
1.54% -
2014
$44,100
2.04% -
2013
$43,200
1.02% -
2012
$42,760
- -

Table 2. Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operator Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in 17 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators occupations is the management of companies and enterprises sector with an annual salary $66,750. The lowest paying sector is the accommodation and food services sector (annual salary $35,240).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$66,750
Mining
$55,200
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$49,400
Transportation and Warehousing
$48,160
Educational Services
$48,130
Health Care and Social Assistance
$46,930
Federal, State, and Local Government
$46,500
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$46,300
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$44,960
Construction
$44,730
Utilities
$44,520
Manufacturing
$44,390
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$42,560
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$42,120
Wholesale Trade
$40,470
Retail Trade
$36,060
Accommodation and Food Services
$35,240

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators by States

From the above tables we note that not only water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $24,470 to $68,800. The highest paying state for water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators is California with a median annual salary of $68,800. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $24,470. For more salary information of water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
California
$68,800
Alaska
$64,920
Connecticut
$64,590
Nevada
$64,170
Washington
$60,610
New Jersey
$59,250
Oregon
$55,820
Illinois
$54,950
District of Columbia
$54,880
Massachusetts
$54,560
Hawaii
$53,680
Minnesota
$53,450
New York
$53,240
Colorado
$52,270
Rhode Island
$51,970
Wyoming
$51,530
Wisconsin
$51,300
New Hampshire
$49,770
Pennsylvania
$48,920
Ohio
$47,950
Arizona
$47,280
Vermont
$46,750
Michigan
$46,440
Florida
$46,310
North Dakota
$46,100
Delaware
$46,000
Iowa
$45,640
Utah
$45,520
Maine
$45,280
Montana
$44,240
Alabama
$44,210
Maryland
$43,810
Nebraska
$43,260
Virginia
$42,530
Missouri
$41,550
Indiana
$41,390
South Carolina
$41,280
North Carolina
$41,240
Guam
$40,580
South Dakota
$40,270
Idaho
$39,400
Tennessee
$39,370
Kansas
$38,140
Kentucky
$37,490
Texas
$37,350
New Mexico
$36,990
Georgia
$36,390
West Virginia
$36,290
Mississippi
$33,280
Louisiana
$33,090
Arkansas
$32,810
Oklahoma
$32,720
Puerto Rico
$24,470



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