Backhoe Operator Salary (United States)

Most Backhoe Operators in the United States are men, earning an average of $17.07 per hour. 44 percent report receiving medical coverage from their employers and about a quarter collect dental insurance. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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  
PayScale
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.
Salary growth is weak for Backhoe Operators during their first decade in the field; typical pay starts at $40K and turns to only $33K after five to 10 years. Earnings total $35K after one to two decades. As Backhoe Operators reach 20 years on the job, salary growth continues to be strong, with earnings averaging $51K. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience.

Experience Affects Backhoe Operator Salaries

Late-Career
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Entry-Level
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National Average
$40,000
Experienced
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Mid-Career
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Job Satisfaction

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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%
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