Occupation information for Meter Readers, Utilities California


Read meter and record consumption of electricity, gas, water, or steam.

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Currently Employed: 1,200

Projected Annual Job Openings: 70

Typical Hourly Wage: $24.50 - $39.82

Typical Annual Salary: $50,960 - $82,830

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Typical education needed for entry: High school diploma or equivalent

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: No work experience

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Less than 1 month on-the-job training

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typical job duties
  • Read electric, gas, water, or steam consumption meters and enter data in route books or hand-held computers.
  • Upload into office computers all information collected on hand-held computers during meter rounds, or return route books or hand-held computers to business offices so that data can be compiled.
  • Walk or drive vehicles along established routes to take readings of meter dials.
  • Verify readings in cases where consumption appears to be abnormal, and record possible reasons for fluctuations.
  • Inspect meters for unauthorized connections, defects, and damage, such as broken seals.
  • Report to service departments any problems, such as meter irregularities, damaged equipment, or impediments to meter access, including dogs.
  • Leave messages to arrange different times to read meters in cases in which meters are not accessible.
  • Connect and disconnect utility services at specific locations.
  • Answer customers' questions about services and charges, or direct them to customer service centers.
  • Update client address and meter location information.
tools & technology
  • Automobiles or cars
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital cameras
  • Flashlight
  • Gas gauges

  • Accounting software
  • Charting software
  • Data base reporting software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Word processing software