Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
117,450 1.0 % $23.22 $48,290 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.42 $17.10 $22.19 $28.33 $35.30
Annual Wage (2) $27,910 $35,560 $46,150 $58,930 $73,410


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, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 90,560 1.66 $23.36 $48,580
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 13,060 26.03 $22.16 $46,080
Waste Treatment and Disposal 2,680 2.81 $22.99 $47,810
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 820 0.16 $18.04 $37,520
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 660 0.05 $23.75 $49,410

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 13,060 26.03 $22.16 $46,080
Waste Treatment and Disposal 2,680 2.81 $22.99 $47,810
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 90,560 1.66 $23.36 $48,580
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 480 0.50 $23.76 $49,410
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 420 0.30 $21.93 $45,610

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nonresidential Building Construction (8) (8) $37.48 $77,960
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 120 0.02 $33.32 $69,300
Management of Companies and Enterprises 140 0.01 $29.28 $60,900
Metal Ore Mining 120 0.30 $29.03 $60,380
Amusement Parks and Arcades (8) (8) $28.97 $60,250


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 11,330 0.68 0.82 $33.58 $69,850
Texas 10,630 0.89 1.09 $18.84 $39,190
Florida 5,790 0.69 0.83 $23.01 $47,870
Pennsylvania 5,330 0.92 1.12 $23.53 $48,950
Ohio 4,860 0.91 1.10 $23.02 $47,890




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)
South Dakota 890 2.13 2.58 $19.92 $41,440
Arkansas 2,410 2.01 2.44 $16.75 $34,840
Alaska 640 2.01 2.43 $30.76 $63,970
West Virginia 1,300 1.88 2.29 $17.49 $36,390
Wyoming 490 1.84 2.24 $25.71 $53,480




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 11,330 0.68 0.82 $33.58 $69,850
Alaska 640 2.01 2.43 $30.76 $63,970
Nevada (8) (8) (8) $30.72 $63,910
Connecticut 1,060 0.64 0.77 $30.67 $63,790
Washington 2,740 0.86 1.04 $29.42 $61,200



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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 2,020 0.46 0.55 $35.00 $72,800
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,920 0.29 0.35 $30.79 $64,040
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,860 0.64 0.77 $20.54 $42,730
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 1,430 1.00 1.21 $32.35 $67,290
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,360 0.55 0.66 $19.33 $40,200
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,230 0.47 0.57 $20.90 $43,460
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,220 0.63 0.76 $27.35 $56,880
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,190 0.47 0.58 $26.60 $55,330
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,170 0.32 0.39 $32.65 $67,900
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 1,110 5.08 6.17 $23.35 $48,560


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

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 1,110 5.08 6.17 $23.35 $48,560
Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH 160 4.20 5.10 $17.73 $36,880
Lewiston, ID-WA 90 3.20 3.89 $22.34 $46,470
Rocky Mount, NC 170 3.12 3.79 $19.04 $39,610
Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ 90 2.81 3.41 $22.30 $46,390
Fort Smith, AR-OK 300 2.74 3.32 $16.22 $33,730
Evansville, IN-KY 410 2.65 3.21 $17.55 $36,510
Flagstaff, AZ 150 2.45 2.97 $23.05 $47,930
Yuba City, CA 100 2.42 2.94 $29.28 $60,910
Prescott, AZ 150 2.39 2.90 $20.80 $43,270