Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

51-8031 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.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
111,640 1.1 % $22.18 $46,140 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.81 $16.40 $21.20 $27.07 $33.78
Annual Wage (2) $26,640 $34,110 $44,100 $56,290 $70,270


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government (OES Designation) 86,550 1.63 $22.06 $45,880
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 13,140 27.17 $21.86 $45,460
Waste Treatment and Disposal 1,750 1.88 $25.98 $54,040
State Government (OES Designation) 670 0.03 $24.90 $51,800
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 570 0.03 $26.47 $55,050

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 13,140 27.17 $21.86 $45,460
Waste Treatment and Disposal 1,750 1.88 $25.98 $54,040
Local Government (OES Designation) 86,550 1.63 $22.06 $45,880
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 510 0.49 $24.39 $50,720
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 310 0.23 $20.99 $43,670

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 90 0.08 $42.90 $89,240
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers (8) (8) $31.90 $66,350
Metal Ore Mining 70 0.15 $30.16 $62,730
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 430 0.11 $29.91 $62,200
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel 70 0.11 $28.28 $58,820


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.




States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 10,580 0.70 0.85 $31.52 $65,560
Texas 8,900 0.79 0.96 $17.37 $36,120
Pennsylvania 6,030 1.07 1.29 $21.99 $45,730
Florida 5,350 0.70 0.85 $22.08 $45,930
New York 4,440 0.50 0.61 $25.62 $53,290



States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Virginia 1,450 2.05 2.49 $15.67 $32,600
Alaska 620 1.91 2.31 $28.58 $59,440
South Dakota 740 1.80 2.18 $18.88 $39,270
Idaho 1,010 1.60 1.94 $19.01 $39,530
Iowa 2,050 1.36 1.64 $20.76 $43,170



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 10,580 0.70 0.85 $31.52 $65,560
Washington 1,940 0.67 0.81 $30.31 $63,050
Nevada 520 0.44 0.53 $29.83 $62,040
Connecticut 1,230 0.75 0.91 $28.74 $59,780
Alaska 620 1.91 2.31 $28.58 $59,440




Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,750 0.43 0.52 $36.29 $75,490
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,740 0.46 0.56 $28.81 $59,930
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,610 0.30 0.36 $32.44 $67,470
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,520 0.82 0.99 $23.14 $48,130
St. Louis, MO-IL 1,400 1.07 1.30 $22.99 $47,820
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,370 0.75 0.91 $25.13 $52,270
Pittsburgh, PA 1,370 1.21 1.47 $23.46 $48,790
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 1,370 0.75 0.91 $23.97 $49,860
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,260 0.56 0.68 $19.22 $39,970
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,170 0.49 0.60 $24.22 $50,390