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Backhoe Operator Salary

A sizeable majority of Backhoe Operators in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $17.58 per hour. More than two-fifths of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, just over a half report medical coverage and more than a third claim dental coverage as well. The majority of Backhoe Operators claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$11.59 - $26.91
(Median)
$12
$18
$27
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.59 - $26.91  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $31.31  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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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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$25,118 - $61,418  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 75

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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.


Backhoe Operators with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $32K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $34K. Backhoe Operators bring in $38K after working for 10 to 20 years. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $50K.

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Experience Affects Backhoe Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

National Average
$41,000

Experienced
up arrow 6%

Mid-Career
up arrow 16%

Entry-Level
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

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

Years of Experience

1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 53% dental benefits Dental: 35%
vision benefits Vision: 22% employee benefits None: 45%
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