Men account for the majority of Backhoe Operators in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $19.59 per hour. Nearly two in five of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a majority report medical coverage and over a third claim dental coverage as well. The majority of Backhoe Operators claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$23,500 - $109,500
(Median)
$24K
$41K
$110K
MEDIAN: $40,708
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90%

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$12.20 - $35.78
(Median)
$12
$20
$36
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$23,500 - $109,500  
   
Bonus
$750  
Total Pay (?
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$27,463 - $79,130  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 14
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.20 - $35.78  
   
Overtime
$17.02 - $44.66  
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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$27,463 - $79,130  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 124
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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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $33K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $38K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $51K in this role. Backhoe Operators with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $52K.

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Experience Affects Backhoe Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

National Average
$43,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

Entry-Level
up arrow 22%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 59%
dental benefits
Dental: 35%
medical benefits
Vision: 29%
dental benefits
None: 39%
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