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Backhoe Operator Salary (United States)

Men make up the majority of Backhoe Operators in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $17.07 per hour. More than two-fifths report receiving medical coverage from their employers and just over a fifth collect dental insurance. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Backhoe Operators — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Backhoe Operator Salary (?
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$11.78 - $25.89
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.78 - $25.89  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $30.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $496.65  
   
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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$24,898 - $56,500  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 56
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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.
At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $40K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $32K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Backhoe Operators make a median salary of $35K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $51K. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience — of those surveyed, more than half land within this range.
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Experience Affects Backhoe Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%
Entry-Level
0%
National Average
$40,000
Experienced
up arrow 14%
Mid-Career
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 11 votes.

Gender

Female
female alumni
 
Male
100%
male alumni

Years of Experience

1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 44% dental benefits Dental: 22%
vision benefits Vision: 11% employee benefits None: 53%