Backhoe Operator Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Backhoe Operators in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $19.41 per hour nationwide. Job satisfaction for Backhoe Operators is high. More than half enjoy medical while just under a third get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to a fifth. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$25,760 - $61,212
(Median)
$26K
$40K
$61K
MEDIAN: $39,739
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90%

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$12.18 - $30.39
(Median)
$12
$19
$30
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$25,760 - $61,212  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,089  
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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$27,159 - $69,730  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 13
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.18 - $30.39  
   
Overtime
$7.86 - $38.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,089  
   
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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$27,159 - $69,730  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 128
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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.


Backhoe Operators with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $34K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $36K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $43K in this role. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $50K.

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Experience Affects Backhoe Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

National Average
$42,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 15%

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 57%
dental benefits
Dental: 29%
medical benefits
Vision: 20%
dental benefits
None: 43%
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