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Backhoe Operator Salary

A sizeable majority of Backhoe Operators in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $16.76 per hour. Medical benefits are awarded to about one-half, and just under one in three earn dental coverage. For the most part, Backhoe Operators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$11.45 - $25.43
(Median)
$11
$17
$25
MEDIAN: $16.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.45 - $25.43  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $31.51  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $400.00  
   
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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$24,909 - $55,783  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 69

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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.


For many Backhoe Operators, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $32K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $32K. Backhoe Operators who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $38K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $50K.

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Experience Affects Backhoe Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 25%

National Average
$41,000

Experienced
up arrow 6%

Mid-Career
up arrow 20%

Entry-Level
up arrow 22%

Job Satisfaction

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

Years of Experience

1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 49% dental benefits Dental: 28%
vision benefits Vision: 16% employee benefits None: 49%