Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
110,230 1.1 % $21.67 $45,070 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.58 $16.10 $20.77 $26.48 $32.94
Annual Wage (2) $26,160 $33,480 $43,200 $55,080 $68,520


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) 85,820 1.57 $21.62 $44,980
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 12,700 26.60 $21.00 $43,690
Waste Treatment and Disposal 1,970 2.05 $25.98 $54,030
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 720 0.05 $23.28 $48,410
State Government (OES Designation) 650 0.03 $24.31 $50,570

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 12,700 26.60 $21.00 $43,690
Waste Treatment and Disposal 1,970 2.05 $25.98 $54,030
Local Government (OES Designation) 85,820 1.57 $21.62 $44,980
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 390 0.37 $21.69 $45,120
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 260 0.20 $17.80 $37,020

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Metal Ore Mining 70 0.15 $31.06 $64,600
Scientific Research and Development Services 140 0.02 $29.88 $62,140
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution (8) (8) $27.46 $57,120
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 40 0.03 $27.33 $56,850
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 90 0.06 $27.19 $56,550


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 10,440 0.71 0.85 $30.51 $63,470
Texas 9,160 0.84 1.01 $16.87 $35,090
Pennsylvania 5,950 1.06 1.27 $21.88 $45,500
Florida 5,460 0.73 0.88 $21.36 $44,420
Illinois 4,330 0.76 0.91 $23.81 $49,520




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)
Alaska 620 1.93 2.32 $27.54 $57,290
West Virginia 1,300 1.84 2.21 $15.03 $31,250
South Dakota 660 1.63 1.96 $18.22 $37,900
Idaho 970 1.57 1.89 $18.35 $38,180
Montana 650 1.49 1.79 $18.01 $37,450




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 10,440 0.71 0.85 $30.51 $63,470
Washington 2,060 0.73 0.87 $29.90 $62,190
Nevada 530 0.46 0.55 $29.22 $60,770
District of Columbia 320 0.48 0.58 $28.27 $58,810
Alaska 620 1.93 2.32 $27.54 $57,290





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)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,720 0.33 0.39 $31.43 $65,370
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,660 0.42 0.50 $33.80 $70,300
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,570 0.42 0.51 $28.15 $58,550
Pittsburgh, PA 1,500 1.32 1.59 $23.31 $48,480
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,480 0.83 0.99 $25.22 $52,450
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 1,350 0.76 0.91 $22.55 $46,900
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,250 0.68 0.82 $24.36 $50,670
St. Louis, MO-IL 1,190 0.92 1.11 $20.79 $43,250
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,190 0.50 0.60 $25.20 $52,420
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,180 0.43 0.51 $18.43 $38,330