Backhoe Operator Salary

Backhoe Operators in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $17.54 per hour. Medical benefits are awarded to roughly one-half, and approximately one-third earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Backhoe Operators is high. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$11.69 - $26.54
(Median)
$12
$18
$27
MEDIAN: $17.00
10%
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90%

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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.69 - $26.54  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $31.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $400.00  
   
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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$25,000 - $59,892  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 81
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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 seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Backhoe Operators. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $32K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $36K on average. Backhoe Operators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $39K. Backhoe Operators who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $49K.

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Experience Affects Backhoe Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

National Average
$40,000

Experienced
up arrow 4%

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

Entry-Level
up arrow 22%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 13 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 50% dental benefits Dental: 32%
vision benefits Vision: 20% employee benefits None: 48%
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