Backhoe Operator Salary
A sizeable majority of Backhoe Operators in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $19.57 per hour. Although roughly two in five lack health benefits of any kind, a majority do enjoy medical insurance, and more than a third get dental coverage, too. The majority of Backhoe Operators claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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.
Backhoe Operators who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $34K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $39K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $52K. Backhoe Operators who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $53K.
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