Meter readers record information from various types of utility meters, including water, electric, gas and steam. These jobs usually require a high school diploma, and new meter readers typically learn the necessary skills on the job by helping experienced workers. Although the salaries of meter readers vary widely, annual pay averaged approximately $39,000 as of 2013, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Average Pay, Median and Range
According to the BLS, the average hourly wage of meter readers was $18.79 in 2013 or $39,080 annually for a full-time meter reader. The median pay was $36,410 per year. The highest-paid 10 percent of meter readers received $61,200 annually or more, while the lowest-paid 10 percent earned $21,450 or less.
Wages in Major Industries
Local government, which was the largest employer of meter readers in 2013, paid an average of $36,270 yearly, according to the BLS. Their second-largest employer was the electric power industry, which paid these workers $47,270 annually on average -- higher than any other industry. In third place for highest number of jobs, natural gas distribution paid an average of $45,190 per year. Other major industries for these workers included support services, with annual pay averaging $30,350, and water and sewage systems, whose meter readers averaged $35,900 yearly.
Massachusetts was the highest-paying state for meter readers in 2013, reporting average annual salaries of $59,010 to the BLS. In second place for highest earnings, meter readers in Connecticut averaged $58,390 per year. Other top-paying states included New York, where annual salaries for these workers averaged $51,210, and New Hampshire and Alaska, where pay averaged more than $50,000 per year.
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