How Much Do WWTP Operators Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Water And Wastewater Treatment Plant And System Operators

Water And Wastewater Treatment Plant And System Operators operate or control an entire process or system of machines, often through the use of control boards, to transfer or treat water or wastewater.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$51890 per year
Hourly wage
$25 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$29,730 to $37,830 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$14 to $18 per hour

Entry-level Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $29,730 to $37,830 per year or $14 to $18 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $38 $79,620
Senior (Top 25%) $30 $62,890
Middle (Mid 50%) $24 $49,090
Junior (Bottom 25%) $18 $37,830
No experience (Bottom 10%) $14 $29,730

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
CA $36 $75,570
NV $33 $69,550
WA $32 $67,460
CT $32 $66,740
AK $32 $66,190
NY $31 $64,220
NJ $30 $63,190
MA $30 $61,920
IL $29 $60,750
MN $29 $59,400

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operator is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like CA doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at CA might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid WWTP Operators are in the states of CA, NV, WA, CT and AK.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Scientific Research and Development Services $78300 $37.65
Management of Companies and Enterprises $78120 $37.56
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing $75130 $36.12
State Government $62860 $30.22
Metal Ore Mining $62430 $30.02
Federal Executive Branch $62420 $30.01
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing $60980 $29.32
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers $60180 $28.93
Chemical Manufacturing $59550 $28.63
Chemical Manufacturing $59150 $28.44
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution $57930 $27.85
Nonferrous Metal Production and Processing $57220 $27.51
Foundries $57100 $27.45
Waste Treatment and Disposal $56950 $27.38
Support Activities for Mining $56710 $27.26
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services $56510 $27.17
Building Equipment Contractors $55120 $26.50
Traveler Accommodation $55010 $26.45
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills $54780 $26.34
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing $54470 $26.19
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $54420 $26.16
Dairy Product Manufacturing $54410 $26.16
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods $53810 $25.87
Employment Services $53450 $25.70
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services $53050 $25.51
Other Food Manufacturing $52740 $25.36
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $52590 $25.28
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations $52350 $25.17
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing $52050 $25.03
Local Government $52050 $25.02

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