Backhoe Operator Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Backhoe Operators earn an average of $19.41 per hour. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to more than half, and just under one in three earn dental coverage. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$25,760 - $61,212
(Median)
$26K
$40K
$61K
MEDIAN: $39,739
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90%

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$12.18 - $30.39
(Median)
$12
$19
$30
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$25,760 - $61,212  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,089  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$27,159 - $69,730  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 13
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.18 - $30.39  
   
Overtime
$7.86 - $38.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,089  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$27,159 - $69,730  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 128
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Job Description for Backhoe Operator

  • Follow safety regulations and remove and minimize potential hazards.
  • Perform routine maintenance and ensure any needed repairs are made.
  • Operate heavy construction machines such as bulldozers, compressors, tractors, and graders.

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Pay by Experience Level for Backhoe Operator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $34K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $36K. Backhoe Operators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $43K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $50K.

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Experience Affects Backhoe Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

National Average
$42,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 15%

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 12 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 57%
dental benefits
Dental: 29%
medical benefits
Vision: 20%
dental benefits
None: 43%
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