Crane Operator Salary

Men account for the majority of Crane Operators in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $24.37 per hour. In the world of Crane Operators, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $7K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $34K and $97K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geography, followed by the company and years of experience. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, somewhere between a fifth and a fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by slightly more than half. The majority of Crane Operators claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$31,443 - $102,658
$31K
$59K
$100K
MEDIAN: $58,997
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50%
90%

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$14.69 - $35.80
$15
$24
$36
MEDIAN: $24.37
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$31,443 - $102,658  
   
Bonus
$395.94 - $10,304  
Profit Sharing
$212.50 - $6,750  
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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$33,566 - $97,139  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 151
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.69 - $35.80  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.19  
Overtime
$21.30 - $53.97  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$395.94 - $10,304  
   
Profit Sharing
$212.50 - $6,750  
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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$33,566 - $97,139  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,102

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Job Description for Crane Operator

A crane operator uses a crane to lift and move equipment and/or materials around a job site. In addition to the responsibilities associated with the operation of the crane, they must also perform inspections of the equipment before and after its use to ensure it is in working order. These operators must know and follow safety procedures on using the crane and working on job sites. In some positions, being able to plan operational lifts is an important part of the job.

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Crane Operator Tasks

  • Operate a crane to move heavy equipment and cargo.
  • Perform work area housekeeping functions and help with equipment maintenance.
  • Diagnose problems and maintain a variety bulk handling equipment.
  • Work with crews to load and unload heavy items.

Common Career Paths for Crane Operator


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Crane Operators often transition into a Mobile Crane Operator position. Mobile Crane Operators report a slightly lower median income of $51K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Crane Operator

Pay by Experience for a Crane Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Crane Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 499 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Crane Operator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 386 salaries. An experienced Crane Operator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 406 salaries. A Crane Operator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $66,000 based on 268 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $57,551

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Crane Operators will find that Seattle offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 49 percent. Crane Operators will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+37 percent), Houston (+22 percent), Chicago (+8 percent), and Orlando (+8 percent). Crane Operators in Cincinnati make 35 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Workers in Milwaukee and Tampa earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (24 percent less and 17 percent less, respectively).

Crane Operator Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Crane Operator?

Crane Operator in Houston:
"A highly learned skill that's hands on."
Pros: Watching people smile when I fly a load or my hook to them smooth and wide open.
Cons: Nothing.

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Key Stats for Crane Operator

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 101 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
21%
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Experience Affects Crane Operator Salaries

▲15%

▲10%

National Average
$58,000

▼1%

▼13%

Skills That Affect Crane Operator Salaries

rigger
▲68%

nccco
▲56%

Certified Crane Operator
▲28%

Heavy Equipment Repair
▲22%


Crane
▲15%

Safety Compliance
▲6%

certified
▲4%


CDL
▲1%

Welder
▲1%

National Average
$58,000

Class A CDL
▼10%

heavy equipment operator
▼23%

Forklift Operator
▼29%

forklift
▼40%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 101 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
no benefits
None: 23%
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