Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
114,770 1.1 % $22.49 $46,790 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.04 $16.67 $21.53 $27.41 $34.10
Annual Wage (2) $27,120 $34,670 $44,790 $57,010 $70,940


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) 88,850 1.66 $22.39 $46,570
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 13,280 27.39 $22.04 $45,850
Waste Treatment and Disposal 2,290 2.44 $26.54 $55,210
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 640 0.63 $24.41 $50,760
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 640 0.16 $26.11 $54,300

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 13,280 27.39 $22.04 $45,850
Waste Treatment and Disposal 2,290 2.44 $26.54 $55,210
Local Government (OES Designation) 88,850 1.66 $22.39 $46,570
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 640 0.63 $24.41 $50,760
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 360 0.26 $22.77 $47,360

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel 50 0.08 $29.10 $60,530
Metal Ore Mining 90 0.21 $28.98 $60,270
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing (8) (8) $27.75 $57,720
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 220 0.04 $27.73 $57,670
Amusement Parks and Arcades (8) (8) $27.42 $57,040


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 11,400 0.74 0.88 $31.58 $65,680
Texas 10,200 0.88 1.06 $17.89 $37,200
Florida 5,660 0.71 0.86 $22.42 $46,630
Pennsylvania 5,640 0.99 1.19 $22.95 $47,740
Ohio 4,740 0.90 1.08 $21.42 $44,550



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 1,400 1.98 2.38 $16.55 $34,420
South Dakota 800 1.92 2.31 $19.64 $40,850
Alaska 600 1.84 2.21 $28.36 $58,990
Arkansas 1,800 1.53 1.84 $15.70 $32,650
Idaho 910 1.42 1.71 $19.19 $39,920



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 11,400 0.74 0.88 $31.58 $65,680
Washington 2,220 0.74 0.89 $30.59 $63,620
Nevada 650 0.53 0.64 $29.59 $61,540
Connecticut 1,180 0.71 0.85 $29.43 $61,210
Alaska 600 1.84 2.21 $28.36 $58,990




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 2,290 0.56 0.67 $36.54 $76,010
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,230 0.34 0.41 $29.87 $62,130
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,460 0.41 0.49 $29.87 $62,140
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,450 0.49 0.59 $17.92 $37,260
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 1,410 1.04 1.25 $27.49 $57,170
Pittsburgh, PA 1,260 1.11 1.34 $24.38 $50,710
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,250 0.54 0.65 $19.59 $40,740
St. Louis, MO-IL 1,230 0.93 1.12 $22.43 $46,660
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,190 0.63 0.76 $25.46 $52,950
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 1,170 0.89 1.07 $30.28 $62,980