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

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

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$61,920
75th Percentile Wage
$49,460
50th Percentile Wage
$39,040
25th Percentile Wage
$31,470
10th Percentile Wage
$25,940

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in Virginia in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $61,920. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $39,040. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $25,940.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$29.77
75th Percentile Wage
$23.78
50th Percentile Wage
$18.77
25th Percentile Wage
$15.13
10th Percentile Wage
$12.47

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in Virginia in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $29.77. The median hourly salary is $18.77. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $12.47.

Table 3. Salary Trend

YearAverage Annual SalaryGrowth (%)
2014 $39,040 3.25%
2013 $37,810 0.96%
2012 $37,450 0.70%
2011 $37,190 -0.88%
2010 $37,520 -

Table 3 shows the salary trend for water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in state of Virginia from 2010 to 2014. We note that from 2010 to 2014 the average salary has increased by 4.05%. We note that in 2013 the average salary increased by 0.96%. We also see the year 2012 had a salary increase 0.70% while year 2011 had a negtive growth of -0.88%.

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

OccupationAverage Wage
Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators
$39,040
Chemical Plant and System Operators
$55,260
Gas Plant Operators
$58,010
Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers
$47,420
Other Plant and System Operators
$62,340
Nuclear Power Reactor Operators
$88,930
Power Distributors and Dispatchers
$72,390

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

Table 5 shows the median annual salary of water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in some Virginia cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in state of Virginia ranges from $33,370 to $44,500. The highest paying area for water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators in Virginia is Charlottesville with a median annual salary of $44,500. The second highest paying city/area in Virginia State is Richmond (mean annual salary $38,730). The lowest paying area is Roanoke with a median annual salary of $33,370.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Charlottesville
$44,500
Richmond
$38,730
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News
$38,660
Harrisonburg
$37,440
Northwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area
$37,030
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol
$36,610
Southwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area
$36,290
Southside Virginia nonmetropolitan area
$35,010
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford
$34,730
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area
$34,650
Lynchburg
$34,600
Danville
$34,420
Roanoke
$33,370

Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operator Salary by State

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