10 Best U.S. States for Water and Wastewater Jobs in 2024

10 Best U.S. States for Water and Wastewater Jobs in 2024

Electricity, heat, water and cellphone service — these everyday essentials are made possible by the dedicated 560,000 utility workers who ensure their availability. With employee demand and wages on the rise, now is an excellent time to embark on a rewarding career in the water industry. Notably, average hourly wages in the industry increased by 20% from 2019 to 2023 alone.

Factors such as population growth, new infrastructure development, and the need for maintenance and repair are driving the demand for water services across the country. Consequently, employment opportunities for water treatment professionals are concentrated in specific regions. This sector, employing nearly 124,000 individuals, is predominantly found within local government institutions.

Top 10 States Currently Leading in Employment For Water Treatment Professionals

  1. Texas 
  2. California 
  3. Florida 
  4. Pennsylvania 
  5. Arizona 
  6. Illinois 
  7. Georgia 
  8. Mississippi 
  9. New York 
  10. Arkansas

In terms of wages, water treatment professionals earn an average of $24 per hour across the industry. Indiana stands out by offering the highest pay at $41.26 per hour.

Top 10 Best-Paying States For These Professionals

  1. Indiana 
  2. Wyoming 
  3. New Jersey 
  4. Alaska 
  5. Massachusetts 
  6. California 
  7. Washington 
  8. Rhode Island 
  9. Connecticut 
  10. New Hampshire

In conclusion, the best state for a career in water treatment depends on your preference for living and working locations. While some states offer more job opportunities and higher wages, the industry as a whole is expanding, urgently needing workers, and offering higher wages than ever before. Now is the perfect time to build a fulfilling career in water treatment, no matter which state you choose.


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