Backhoe Operator Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Backhoe Operators earn an average of $19.69 per hour. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just over two-fifths lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the greater part and dental coverage is claimed by nearly one-third. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$17,232 - $142,031
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$41K
$140K
MEDIAN: $41,120
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$12.78 - $36.05
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$0$142K
Salary $17,232 - $142,031
Bonus $750
Total Pay (?
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$27,715 - $81,394
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 11
Hourly Data $0$43
Hourly Rate $12.78 - $36.05
Overtime $17.57 - $43.46
Annual Data $0$81K
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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$27,715 - $81,394
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 124

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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

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 12 votes.
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
24%
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Experience Affects Backhoe Operator Salaries

Late-Career
▲19%

Experienced
▲17%

National Average
$45,000

Mid-Career
▼12%

Entry-Level
▼23%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 12 votes.

Years of Experience

1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 56%
dental benefits
Dental: 33%
vision benefits
Vision: 26%
no benefits
None: 42%
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