Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators

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Total Workforce

91.5k

Average Age

43.6

Estimated Job Growth

-3.19%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$50,463

Average Male Salary

$50,927

Average Female Salary

$41,376

About

Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators are most often employed by the Water, steam, air-conditioning, & irrigation systems industry. The average yearly wage for Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators was $50,463 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators by wage are Chemical processing machine setters, operators, & tenders, Construction equipment operators except paving, surfacing, & tamping equipment operators, and Production, planning, & expediting clerks.

Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators are part of the Production Occupations, along with Firstline supervisors of production & operating workers, Aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, & systems assemblers, Electrical, electronics, & electromechanical assemblers, Engine & other machine assemblers, Structural metal fabricators & fitters, Miscellaneous assemblers & fabricators, Bakers, Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers, Food & tobacco roasting, baking, & drying machine operators & tenders, Food batchmakers, Food cooking machine operators & tenders, Food processing workers, all other, Computer control programmers & operators, Extruding & drawing machine setters, operators, & tenders, metal & plastic, Forging machine setters, operators, & tenders, metal & plastic, Rolling machine setters, operators, & tenders, metal & plastic, Machine tool cutting setters, operators, & tenders, metal & plastic, Machinists, Metal furnace operators, tenders, pourers, & casters, Model makers, patternmakers, & molding machine setters, metal & plastic, Tool & die makers, Welding, soldering, & brazing workers, Miscellaneous metal workers & plastic workers, including multiple machine tool setters, Prepress technicians & workers, Printing press operators, Print binding & finishing workers, Laundry & drycleaning workers, Pressers, textile, garment, & related materials, Sewing machine operators, Shoe & leather workers, Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers, Textile knitting & weaving machine setters, operators, & tenders, Textile winding, twisting, & drawing out machine setters, operators, & tenders, Textile bleaching & dyeing, & cutting machine setters, operators, & tenders, Upholsterers, Miscellaneous textile, apparel, & furnishings workers except upholsterers, Cabinetmakers & bench carpenters, Furniture finishers, Sawing machine setters, operators, & tenders, wood, Woodworking machine setters, operators, & tenders, except sawing, Miscellaneous woodworkers, including model makers & patternmakers, Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers, Stationary engineers & boiler operators, Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators, Miscellaneous plant & system operators, Chemical processing machine setters, operators, & tenders, Crushing, grinding, polishing, mixing, & blending workers, Cutting workers, Extruding, forming, pressing, & compacting machine setters, operators, & tenders, Furnace, kiln, oven, drier, & kettle operators & tenders, Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, & weighers, Jewelers & precious stone & metal workers, Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians, Packaging & filling machine operators & tenders, Painting workers, Photographic process workers & processing machine operators, Adhesive bonding machine operators & tenders, Etchers & engravers, Molders, shapers, & casters, except metal & plastic, Paper goods machine setters, operators, & tenders, Tire builders, Helpersproduction workers, and Miscellaneous production workers, including semiconductor processors

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators and on wages and locations for those in the field. Water, steam, air-conditioning, & irrigation systems is the industry that employs the most Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators, by average wage, is Architectural, engineering & related services. Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators are paid most in Skagit, Island & San Juan Counties PUMA, WA but are relatively concentrated in Heart of Texas COG (Outside McLennan County) & Navarro County PUMA, TX.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$50,463

AVERAGE SALARY

± $2,451

In 2017, Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators earned an average of $50,463, $1,601 less than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Chemical processing machine setters, operators, & tenders make somewhat more than Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators while Production, planning, & expediting clerks make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.261

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.261, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators, by number of employees, are Water, steam, air-conditioning, & irrigation systems, Sewage treatment facilities, and Waste management & remediation services.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators, by average wage, are Architectural, engineering & related services, Iron & steel mills & steel product manufacturing, and Electric power generation, transmission & distribution.

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Industries by Share

91.5k

2017 Workforce

± 7,425

5.58%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 11%

The number of people employed as Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators has been growing at a rate of 5.58%, from 86,683 people in 2016 to 91,518 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators employed by various industries. Water, steam, air-conditioning, & irrigation systems employs the largest share of Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators at  43.3%, followed by Sewage treatment facilities with 35.3% and Waste management & remediation services with 2.92%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators in the US. The average age of male Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators in the workforce is 43.7 and of female Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators is 40.5, and the most common race/ethnicity for Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators is White.

Gender Composition

87.1k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 7,242

4.45k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 1,637

95.1% of Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators

  1. White

  2. Black

  3. Two or More Races

85.9% of Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 7.76% of Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators, Black is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators.

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Age by Gender

43.7

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 1.07

40.5

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 5.13

The median age of Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators is 43.6, and Male employees are generally 3.22 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators is Biology but a relatively high number of Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators hold a major in Natural Resources & Conservation.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators need many skills, but most especially Operation Monitoring, Operation and Control, and Monitoring. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators need more than the average amount of Equipment Maintenance, Repairing, and Equipment Selection.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators are expected to see a growth of -3.19% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow slower than the national average.

Job Growth

-3.19%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators. This profession is expected to grow lower than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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