A sizeable majority of Backhoe Operators in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $19.57 per hour. Although roughly two in five lack health benefits of any kind, a majority do enjoy medical insurance, and more than a third get dental coverage, too. The majority of Backhoe Operators claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$23,500 - $109,500
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$41K
$110K
MEDIAN: $40,708
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$12.62 - $35.62
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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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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$27,638 - $79,925  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 14
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.62 - $35.62  
   
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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$27,638 - $79,925  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 127

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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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Backhoe Operators who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $34K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $39K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $52K. Backhoe Operators who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $53K.

Key Stats for Backhoe Operator

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 14 votes.
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
25%
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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 9%

Entry-Level
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 58%
dental benefits
Dental: 38%
vision benefits
Vision: 28%
dental benefits
None: 40%
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