Construction Equipment Operator Salary (United States)

The average wage for a Construction Equipment Operator is $17.25 per hour. Experience does not have a big impact on this job’s wage. A skill in Machine Operation is associated with high pay for this job.
Construction Equipment Operator Total Pay (?
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$29,888 - $64,000
(Median)
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52K
64K
MEDIAN: $40,516
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Construction Equipment Operator Total Pay (?
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$12.19 - $24.80
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,888 - $64,000  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,517  
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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$27,402 - $63,449  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 186
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.19 - $24.80  
   
Overtime
$17.70 - $36.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,517  
   
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).
)
$27,402 - $63,449  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 186
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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.
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Construction Equipment Operator Tasks
  • Signal other workers to move, adjust and join materials.
  • Clear, clean, and ready construction sites for safe equipment operation.
  • Operate equipment to move supplies and materials, perform tasks, and assist others.
  • Measure and mark work spaces, depths, distances and specifications.
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Pay by Experience Level for Construction Equipment Operator
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
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Experience Affects Construction Equipment Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 3%
Experienced
up arrow 2%
National Average
$40,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 2%
Entry-Level
up arrow 6%
Job Satisfaction
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Gender
Female
1%
female alumni
 
Male
99%
male alumni
Years of Experience
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
20%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 58% dental benefits Dental: 35%
vision benefits Vision: 27% employee benefits None: 41%
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