Utilities Meter Readers
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Read meter and record consumption of electricity, gas, water, or steam.
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Median salary: $41,940 annually
Half of those employed in this career earn between $32,090 and $58,440.
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How do salaries for this career compare to other jobs' salaries?
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Salary growth for utilities meter readers
Is this job likely to reward you for sticking with it through pay raises and promotions? The higher a job’s “experience quotient,” the more you are likely to get as you stay there.
Experience quotient percentile
Take a minute to look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working at each age change. Does this seem to be a job for the young or the old, or could it be a career offering steady salary growth for many years?
Salary distribution
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About Utilities Meter Readers
How do benefits for this career compare to other jobs? The availability of health care, especially employer provided health care, and pension plans can add significantly to the value of compensation you receive in a career. These charts compare how this career compares to other careers with regard to health care and pension plans.
Employee has health insurance
Employer is providing health insurance
Employer-provided pension plan is available
Worker concerns
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of utilities meter readers who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Exposed to Contaminants (74%)
  • Unpleasant or Angry People (72%)
  • Time Pressure (63%)
  • Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites (62%)
  • Responsible for Others' Health (56%)
  • Hazardous Equipment (51%)
  • Consequence of Error (45%)
  • High Conflict Frequency (45%)
  • Hazardous Conditions (41%)
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Injury and Illness
About 226 utilities meter readers become injured or ill for every 10,000 workers, making this job more dangerous than 94% of other careers. The most common specific illnesses or injuries are detailed following.
Soreness and pain
Bruises and contusions
Education pathways to this career
Education attained by utilities meter readers
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), utilities meter readers typically hold a high school diploma or equivalent.
Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as utilities meter readers as reported in responses to the American Community Survey.
Education level of Utilities Meter Readers
Only 8% of utilities meter readers have a bachelor's degree or higher.
Education attained by utilities meter readers
High School
Some College
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Degree
Where are the jobs
State-by-state employment numbers
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Number of Utilities Meter Readers per 1,000 workers (ACS)
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Job density versus job count
Which states hire the most utilities meter readers? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as utilities meter readers. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.
Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where utilities meter readers earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio
We use two methods to compare salaries across states:
  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for utilities meter readers compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for utilities meter readers.
We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which utilities meter readers earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this figure might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
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Location-adjusted median salary for Utilities Meter Readers (ACS)
7% of Utilities meter readers are working part time.
We’ve found that some jobs have a huge number of part-time workers, and typically that is because they are unable to find full-time work or the job itself can’t provide full-time hours. With 7% part-time workers, this occupation has a lower percentage of part-time workers than 67% of careers.
Employer types
This donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, giving us a picture of what employers most typically hire for this career.
Employers of undefined (ACS)
Private for-profit
Private not-for-profit
Local government
State government
Federal government
Self-employed incorporated
Self-employed not incorporated
Working without pay
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Distribution: Salaries of utilities meter readers by type of employer
Here are the salary distributions based on employer type.
$38K$41K$35K$43K$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000Local governmentPrivate not-for-profitPrivate for-profitAll
Utilities meter readers and gender
With 14% women, this occupation has a lower percentage of women than 74% of careers.
Gender of Utilities meter readers
Men (86%)
Women (14%)
Distribution: salaries by gender
Does gender greatly influence your salary in this career? The closer the bars are, the less discrepancy there is.
We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.
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Context: Women in the workforce
How does this career compare to other careers with regard to the percentage of women in the career.
Context: Salary inequity
The median salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 19%. The situation is better for utilities meter readers, with the median salary for men only 1.3% higher than the median salary for women.
Race and origin of Utilities meter readers
This donut shows the distribution of race and origin among those employed as Utilities meter readers.
Race/origin of utilities meter readers
White (73% )
Black (17% )
Other (5% )
Hispanic (2% )
American Indian (1% )
Asian (1% )
Multiracial (1% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Distribution: salaries by race/origin
Some careers might have a pay disparity based on race or origin, the closer the below bars are the less of a discrepancy is present.
$29K$30K$33K$36K$40K$0$20K$40K$60K$80KOtherBlackHispanicPacific IslanderWhite
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