Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
109,190 1.2 % $20.93 $43,530 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.21 $15.50 $20.09 $25.61 $31.46
Annual Wage (2) $25,400 $32,250 $41,780 $53,270 $65,430


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) 85,100 1.54 $20.75 $43,150
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 12,450 26.18 $20.38 $42,380
Waste Treatment and Disposal 2,120 2.21 (8) (8)
State Government (OES Designation) 1,240 0.05 $31.79 $66,110
Utility System Construction 770 0.19 $16.03 $33,340

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 12,450 26.18 $20.38 $42,380
Waste Treatment and Disposal 2,120 2.21 (8) (8)
Local Government (OES Designation) 85,100 1.54 $20.75 $43,150
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 480 0.38 $18.72 $38,940
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 360 0.33 $21.43 $44,580

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government (OES Designation) 1,240 0.05 $31.79 $66,110
Metal Ore Mining 50 0.14 $31.05 $64,590
Scientific Research and Development Services 120 0.02 $27.52 $57,240
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 620 0.03 $26.06 $54,210
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 100 0.04 $25.94 $53,950


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 9,920 0.71 0.83 $30.22 $62,860
Texas 9,770 0.95 1.11 $16.37 $34,050
Florida 5,600 0.78 0.92 $21.37 $44,440
Pennsylvania 5,580 1.01 1.18 $21.45 $44,620
Ohio 4,510 0.91 1.06 $20.81 $43,280




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 810 2.59 3.04 $25.39 $52,820
West Virginia 1,530 2.19 2.57 $13.88 $28,860
South Dakota 780 1.98 2.33 $18.12 $37,700
Idaho 920 1.56 1.83 $18.55 $38,590
South Carolina 2,620 1.48 1.74 (8) (8)




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 9,920 0.71 0.83 $30.22 $62,860
District of Columbia 400 0.62 0.73 $27.43 $57,050
Nevada 660 0.59 0.69 $27.19 $56,560
Washington 1,710 0.63 0.74 $26.41 $54,940
Connecticut 960 0.60 0.70 $26.03 $54,150





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 2,000 0.52 0.62 $34.51 $71,780
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,680 0.33 0.39 $25.55 $53,140
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,350 0.61 0.71 $19.36 $40,270
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,350 0.38 0.44 $28.03 $58,290
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,340 0.66 0.77 $18.33 $38,120
Pittsburgh, PA 1,240 1.12 1.31 $22.65 $47,120
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,200 0.66 0.78 $25.07 $52,150
St. Louis, MO-IL 1,110 0.88 1.03 $20.79 $43,250
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,070 0.46 0.54 $25.09 $52,180
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,070 0.42 0.49 $17.83 $37,080