Wastewater Plant Operator Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$46,000
$33,000
$46,000
$63,000
Wastewater Plant Operators in the United States make an average salary of $46,493 per year or $22.35 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $33,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $63,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and Alaska provide the highest Wastewater Plant Operator salaries.
Best Paying Cities
York, PA
$51,437
Dallas, TX
$43,404
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Map of Wastewater Plant Operator Salaries

The darker areas on the map show where Wastewater Plant Operators earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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Average Wastewater Plant Operator Salary By Location

While a Wastewater Plant Operator can average a salary of $46,493 per year, or $22.35 per hour, there are many opportunities for Wastewater Plant Operators to make more. For example, in York, PA you might make $51,437 per year. Other high-paying locations include Sarasota, FL, Dallas, TX and Phoenix, AZ. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to York, PA where the average starting salary is $32,000. The highest paying states for Wastewater Plant Operators include Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Meanwhile, Kansas, Montana, and Idaho offer the lowest salaries.
City
Average Salary
$51,437
$51k

Average Wastewater Plant Operator Salary By Company

To earn a high income as a Wastewater Plant Operator, working for City of Dallas or International Management Services Company might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like City of Sanford and Collier County report highly competitive salaries for Wastewater Plant Operators.

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Average Wastewater Plant Operator Pay By Industry

The salary for a Wastewater Plant Operator can vary depending on what industry the job is in. The highest salaries for Wastewater Plant Operators tend to be found in Government, Health Care, and Utilities companies. In fact, Wastewater Plant Operators can make a yearly salary of $49,708 while working for Government companies.
Industry
Average Salary
Government
Government
$49,708
$50k
Health Care
Health Care
$47,813
$48k
Utilities
Utilities
$46,298
$46k
Retail
Retail
$44,292
$44k
Non Profits
Non Profits
$42,211
$42k

Wastewater Plant Operator Salary History

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Wastewater Plant Operator Salary By Experience Level

The salary for a Wastewater Plant Operator can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

Recently Added Wastewater Plant Operator Salaries

CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
Multi-Skilled Wastewater Plant Operator
Multi-Skilled Wastewater Plant Operator
06/27/2020
06/27/2020
$61,027
$61,027
06/27/2020
Plant Operator-Wastewater
Plant Operator-Wastewater
06/26/2020
06/26/2020
$39,832
$39,832
06/26/2020
Wastewater Plant Operator
Wastewater Plant Operator
06/26/2020
06/26/2020
$57,038
$57,038
06/26/2020
Plant Operator I-Wastewater
Plant Operator I-Wastewater
06/24/2020
06/24/2020
$45,193
$45,193
06/24/2020
City of Collinsville
City of Collinsville
Wastewater Plant Operator
Wastewater Plant Operator
Wastewater Plant Operator
06/19/2020
06/19/2020
$57,038
$57,038
06/19/2020
Wastewater Plant Operator
Wastewater Plant Operator
04/27/2020
04/27/2020
$36,400
$36,400
04/27/2020
Wastewater Plant Maintenance Operator IV (MAY Under Fill To A I, II, III)
Wastewater Plant Maintenance Operator IV (MAY Under Fill To A I, II, III)
04/23/2020
04/23/2020
$49,900
$49,900
04/23/2020
City of Stockton, Ca
City of Stockton, Ca
Plant Operator/Wastewater
Plant Operator/Wastewater
Plant Operator/Wastewater
03/30/2020
03/30/2020
$62,536
$62,536
03/30/2020
Plant Operator, Trainee-Wastewater North Plant
Plant Operator, Trainee-Wastewater North Plant
03/06/2020
03/06/2020
$32,760
$32,760
03/06/2020
City of Brenham, Texas
City of Brenham, Texas
Wastewater Plant Operator/Operator Trainee
Wastewater Plant Operator/Operator Trainee
Wastewater Plant Operator/Operator Trainee
03/06/2020
03/06/2020
$32,349
$32,349
03/06/2020