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Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Salary
in Chicago, Illinois

$57,379 (USD)

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Last updated: June 19, 2019

Salary Recap

The average pay for a Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator is $57,379 a year and $28 an hour in Chicago, Illinois, United States. The average salary range for a Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator is between $42,028 and $70,164. On average, a High School Degree is the highest level of education for a Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator. This compensation analysis is based on salary survey data collected directly from employers and anonymous employees in Chicago, Illinois.

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Job Summary

  • Operates sewage treatment, sludge processing, and disposal equipment in wastewater treatment plant to control flow and processing of sewage.
  • Monitors control panels and adjusts valves and gates manually or by remote control to regulate flow of sewage.
  • Observes variations in operating conditions and reads meters, gauges, and tests results to determine load requirements.
Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Job Prevalence in Chicago, Illinois, United States

Job family: Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators

Job family population: 117,450

Estimated population of Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator jobs: 14,446

Rate of error: 1.0%

Salary Potential

Estimated salary in 2024:
5 Year Change:
16 %



About Chicago, Illinois

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Description: Chicago ( (listen), locally also ), officially the City of Chicago, is the most populous city in Illinois, as well as the third most populous city in the United States. With an estimated population of 2,705,994 (2018), it is the most populous city in the Midwest. Chicago is the principal city of the Chicago metropolitan area, often referred to as Chicagoland, and the county seat of Cook County, the second most populous county in the United States. The metropolitan area, at nearly 10 million people, is the third-largest in the United States. Located on the shores of freshwater Lake Michigan, Chicago was incorporated...

Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Job Listings for Chicago, Illinois

Wastewater Operator
Jun 5
Bedford Park, IL, USA
Veterans Wanted Requisition Number: 30820 Job Description Cintas is seeking a Wastewater Operator. Responsibilities include the overall operation and upkeep of the facility's wastewater system based ...
Waste Water Treatment Operator - 2nd shift
May 24
Chicago, IL, USA
Fareva Morton Grove
Performs all operations necessary to operate the liquid waste treatment plant including all start ... Must obtain Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Class K Industrial Treatment Operator license ...
Utility II Operator
Jun 12
Chicago, IL, USA
... Operator. ... Responsibilities include performing numerous positions in the production plant area and general ...
Water Treatment Technician
Jun 12
Gary, IN, USA
Capability of learning operating systems * Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) or ... Outdoor site can be located at a cooling tower, water plant, wastewater plant, or a process area
Utility IV Operator - 2nd Shift
Jun 16
Bedford Park, IL, USA
... Operator. ... Responsibilities include performing numerous positions in the production plant area and general ...
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