Backhoe Operator Salary
Men account for the majority of Backhoe Operators in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $19.59 per hour. Nearly two in five of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a majority report medical coverage and over a third claim dental coverage as well. The majority of Backhoe Operators claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Backhoe Operator
Backhoe operators work with backhoes, or large vehicles which excavate and scoop material with a bucket. These operators often work in the installation or repair of buildings, landscaping, water/gas lines, street paving, and sewers, and they typically work in a confined cabin environment that may be noisy and not climate-controlled.Read More...
Backhoe operators may sit and perform repetitive motions for long periods of time and are often expected to complete their tasks independently, so the ability to meet deadlines is important in this position. They must always adhere to safety guidelines and policies to reduce the risk of damage or injury in an accident. Because these sites often consist of several types of workers to achieve a larger common goal, teamwork skills are also beneficial in this position, and some backhoe operators are also expected to operate other types of heavy equipment.
A high school diploma may be a minimum requirement for this position, and a commercial driver's license and/or heavy equipment certification may also be required for some positions. Prior experience with a backhoe is often necessary and can be obtained in prior employment or a commercial driving school, though some employers offer on-the-job training.
Backhoe Operator Tasks
- Operate heavy construction machines such as bulldozers, compressors, tractors, and graders.
- Perform routine maintenance and ensure any needed repairs are made.
- Follow safety regulations and remove and minimize potential hazards.
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Pay by Experience Level for Backhoe Operator
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $33K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $38K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $51K in this role. Backhoe Operators with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $52K.