Construction Equipment Operator Salary
Male Construction Equipment Operators number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $18.59 per hour in the United States. A little over a half report receiving medical coverage from their employers and just under one in four collect dental insurance. The majority of Construction Equipment Operators claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
|Total Pay (||$30,389 - $68,404|
|Hourly Rate||$14.16 - $26.69|
|Overtime||$20.81 - $36.38|
|Total Pay (||$30,389 - $68,404|
Job Description for Construction Equipment Operator
From structures to transportation networks to excavation, many large construction jobs require the assistance of heavy construction equipment, which may range from vehicles such as bulldozers and backhoes to large cranes. Construction equipment operators are responsible for operating this machinery as directed by the contractor or work site manager. Because this heavy equipment is often complicated to use and requires extensive experience to achieve proficiency, equipment operators are trained primarily on the operation of a single piece of equipment. Some skilled operators may master several of them.Read More...
Since construction equipment can be large and powerful, there is the potential for safety hazards in its operation. As such, construction equipment operators must follow all safety systems. They must also be skilled at communication and able to follow directions carefully.
A college education is typically not required for most heavy equipment operator positions. Many begin their careers by joining construction teams and getting hands-on experience from veteran operators. Additionally, many vocational schools and community colleges offer heavy equipment operation programs, which provide the opportunity to gain experience with the machinery. Many individuals choose to enter apprenticeships, which last about three years and offer paid job training and classroom experience.
Construction Equipment Operator Tasks
- Operate equipment to move supplies and materials, perform tasks, and assist others.
- Measure and mark work spaces, depths, distances and specifications.
- Signal other workers to move, adjust and join materials.
- Clear, clean, and ready construction sites for safe equipment operation.
Pay by Experience Level for Construction Equipment Operator
Pay by Experience for a Construction Equipment Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Construction Equipment Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 34 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Construction Equipment Operator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 30 salaries. An experienced Construction Equipment Operator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 39 salaries. A Construction Equipment Operator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 23 salaries.
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