Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
108,330 1.2 % $20.45 $42,530 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.95 $15.14 $19.60 $24.99 $30.62
Annual Wage (2) $24,860 $31,480 $40,770 $51,970 $63,680


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) 84,810 1.52 $20.24 $42,100
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 11,880 25.32 $20.27 $42,150
Waste Treatment and Disposal 2,490 2.62 $23.51 $48,900
State Government (OES Designation) 1,110 0.05 $30.35 $63,130
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 710 0.15 $14.89 $30,970

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 11,880 25.32 $20.27 $42,150
Waste Treatment and Disposal 2,490 2.62 $23.51 $48,900
Local Government (OES Designation) 84,810 1.52 $20.24 $42,100
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 430 0.36 $17.85 $37,120
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 300 0.27 $20.76 $43,180

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government (OES Designation) 1,110 0.05 $30.35 $63,130
Metal Ore Mining 50 0.13 $28.50 $59,280
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 160 0.06 $26.54 $55,200
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 670 0.17 $26.06 $54,210
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 640 0.03 $25.90 $53,860


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)
Texas 9,840 0.98 1.15 $16.27 $33,850
California 9,200 0.66 0.77 $29.20 $60,740
Pennsylvania 5,960 1.09 1.28 $21.01 $43,700
Florida 5,560 0.78 0.92 $21.45 $44,610
Ohio 4,290 0.87 1.02 $20.69 $43,040




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 730 2.38 2.79 $26.45 $55,020
West Virginia 1,590 2.31 2.71 $14.07 $29,260
South Dakota 740 1.90 2.23 $17.85 $37,140
Idaho 910 1.54 1.80 $17.51 $36,430
South Carolina 2,650 1.52 1.78 $22.42 $46,640




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 9,200 0.66 0.77 $29.20 $60,740
District of Columbia 250 0.39 0.46 $28.03 $58,290
Nevada 760 0.68 0.80 $26.59 $55,300
Alaska 730 2.38 2.79 $26.45 $55,020
Connecticut 750 0.47 0.55 $25.53 $53,090

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 1,840 0.37 0.43 $25.11 $52,230
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,770 0.46 0.54 $33.09 $68,820
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,410 0.64 0.75 $19.24 $40,030
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,380 0.76 0.89 $23.75 $49,400
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,350 0.67 0.79 $17.69 $36,790
Pittsburgh, PA 1,230 1.13 1.32 $22.25 $46,290
St. Louis, MO-IL 1,150 0.92 1.08 $20.84 $43,340
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,060 0.43 0.50 $17.78 $36,980
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 1,050 0.30 0.35 $27.74 $57,700
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 970 0.42 0.50 $24.48 $50,930




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)
Steubenville-Weirton, OH-WV 180 4.23 4.96 $15.47 $32,180
Morristown, TN 170 4.03 4.73 $11.50 $23,920
Fairbanks, AK 130 3.67 4.30 $33.69 $70,070
Napa, CA 210 3.38 3.96 $28.84 $59,990
Cumberland, MD-WV 120 3.09 3.63 $14.99 $31,180
Lewiston, ID-WA 70 3.09 3.62 $20.16 $41,920
Corpus Christi, TX 520 2.98 3.50 $14.94 $31,080
Cleveland, TN 100 2.96 3.47 $17.05 $35,460
Wichita Falls, TX 160 2.89 3.39 $14.45 $30,060
Morgantown, WV 170 2.88 3.38 $14.97 $31,140