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.

$30,900 - $49,500
$38K
MEDIAN: $38,000
50%

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$14.16 - $26.69
$14
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $18.59
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$38,000  
   
Bonus
$3,000  
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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$30,389 - $68,404  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 9
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.16 - $26.69  
   
Overtime
$20.81 - $36.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$3,000  
   
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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$30,389 - $68,404  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 91
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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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


The average inexperienced worker earns $42K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $43K. On average, Construction Equipment Operators make $48K following one to two decades on the job. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $46K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

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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
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
23%
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Experience Affects Construction Equipment Operator Salaries

Experienced
▲7%

Late-Career
▲2%

National Average
$45,000

Mid-Career
▼4%

Entry-Level
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 54%
dental benefits
Dental: 22%
vision benefits
Vision: 20%
dental benefits
None: 44%
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