Environmental Protection

AWWA Offers 2010 Water Utility Compensation Survey

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) has published the 2010 AWWA Water Utility Compensation Survey; this year's results are separated by size of utility to more accurately reflect competitive labor markets.

Now in its 15th year, the survey continues to provide the most extensive study of salaries, salary ranges, and compensation practices in the water utility industry.

Information is available for small and medium-sized utilities with less than 100,000 customers and large utilities with more than 100,000 customers. The survey includes information from 544 utilities that supplied data for nearly 13,000 employees. The information presented in the report is effective as of June 1, 2010.

Important highlights of the survey include:

  • Minimum, mid-range, and maximum salaries are given for each position, as well as 50th percentile, company weighted average pay, and employee weighted average pay.
  • Job descriptions are provided for each position, for comparison among similar jobs with different titles.
  • Salary data is summarized for all participants, water-only participants, and water and wastewater participants.

The survey is available for a fee in both CD-ROM and print format at AWWA’s online bookstore.

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