Occupational Employment Statistics


DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA

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.

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
Northwest Minnesota 45035$23.69/hr$15.60/hr$18.57/hr$24.48/hr$28.71/hr$31.17/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and MiningN/AN/A
Manufacturing160$26.31/hr
Trade, Transportation and Utilities90$21.78/hr
Professional and Business ServicesN/AN/A
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
Public Administration2,890$27.39/hr
 
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Fargo ND-MN MSA 30$25.02/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 30$24.94/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 40$23.64/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 70$27.76/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 80$27.89/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 110$28.13/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 110$22.52/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 240$24.50/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 250$26.80/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 250$28.29/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 330$26.34/hr-10.3%
Southwest Balance of State 390$22.59/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 400$23.71/hr-6.7%
Northwest Minnesota 450$24.48/hr-0.7%
Central Minnesota 480$27.15/hr2.1%
Northwest Balance of State 540$24.35/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 1,160$29.58/hr-0.1%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,360$29.58/hrN/A
Minnesota 3,160$27.24/hr-2.7%


Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Plant and System Operators, All Other 190$31.65/hr5.6%
Nuclear Technicians N/AN/AN/A
Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders 740$22.88/hr1.9%


  • Maintain, repair, and lubricate equipment, using hand tools and power tools.
  • Inspect equipment or monitor operating conditions, meters, and gauges to determine load requirements and detect malfunctions.
  • Direct and coordinate plant workers engaged in routine operations and maintenance activities.
  • Collect and test water and sewage samples, using test equipment and color analysis standards.
  • Operate and adjust controls on equipment to purify and clarify water, process or dispose of sewage, and generate power.
  • Add chemicals, such as ammonia, chlorine, or lime, to disinfect and deodorize water and other liquids.
  • Clean and maintain tanks, filter beds, and other work areas, using hand tools and power tools.
  • Record operational data, personnel attendance, or meter and gauge readings on specified forms.
  • Record operational data, personnel attendance, or meter and gauge readings on specified forms.
  • Add chemicals, such as ammonia, chlorine, or lime, to disinfect and deodorize water and other liquids.