Backhoe Operator Salary

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 $19.62 per hour. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Health benefits are not claimed by all — more than a third lack any form of coverage — but the larger part have medical insurance, and over a third have dental, too. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$17,517 - $139,620
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MEDIAN: $40,298
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$12.70 - $35.29
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MEDIAN: $19.62
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$17,517 - $139,620  
   
Bonus
$750  
Total Pay (?
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$27,791 - $80,046  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 13
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.70 - $35.29  
   
Overtime
$17.75 - $43.78  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$750  
   
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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$27,791 - $80,046  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 123

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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.

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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

Pay by Experience for a Backhoe Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Backhoe Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 53 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Backhoe Operator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 42 salaries. An experienced Backhoe Operator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 51 salaries. A Backhoe Operator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 30 salaries.

Key Stats for Backhoe Operator

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 13 votes.
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Backhoe Operator Salaries

Late-Career
▲25%

Experienced
▲22%

National Average
$43,000

Mid-Career
▼8%

Entry-Level
▼19%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 38%
vision benefits
Vision: 30%
no benefits
None: 38%