Construction Equipment Operator Salary

Male Construction Equipment Operators number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $19.27 per hour in the United States. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — more than a third lack coverage. On the flip side, more than half have medical insurance and nearly one-third receive dental plans. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers.

$29,194 - $69,043
$29K
$44K
$69K
MEDIAN: $44,219
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50%
90%

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$14.43 - $26.69
$14
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $19.27
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$0$69K
Salary $29,194 - $69,043
Bonus $2,500
Profit Sharing $275.00
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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$31,069 - $68,739
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 11
Hourly Data $0$36
Hourly Rate $14.43 - $26.69
Overtime $21.16 - $36.53
Annual Data $0$68K
Bonus $2,500
Profit Sharing $275.00
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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$31,069 - $68,739
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 94

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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

  • 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.

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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.

Construction Equipment Operator Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Construction Equipment Operator?

Construction Equipment Operator in Las Vegas:
"Keep records of Everything."
From days and hours of work and recording of any schedule for things you wouldn't be responsible for at any other job.

Key Stats for Construction Equipment Operator

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
21%
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Experience Affects Construction Equipment Operator Salaries

Experienced
▲5%

Late-Career
▼0%

National Average
$46,000

Mid-Career
▼6%

Entry-Level
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 33%
vision benefits
Vision: 29%
no benefits
None: 38%
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