Backhoe Operator Salary

Men make up the majority of Backhoe Operators in the United States, bringing in about $17.75 per hour. Some workers in this field — just under a half — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by approximately one-half and dental plans are enjoyed by one in three. The majority of Backhoe Operators claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$11.75 - $26.25

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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.75 - $26.25  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $31.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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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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$25,118 - $58,453  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 85
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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 Backhoe Operators, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $32K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $36K. For Backhoe Operators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $40K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $47K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects Backhoe Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

National Average
$41,000

Experienced
up arrow 2%

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

Entry-Level
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 13 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 51% dental benefits Dental: 33%
vision benefits Vision: 22% employee benefits None: 47%
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