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Crane Operator Salary

Crane Operators in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $23.06 per hour. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Crane Operators claim high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and one in four lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by just over a half. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$34,006 - $123,973
(Median)
$34K
$60K
$120K
MEDIAN: $59,655
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90%

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$14.88 - $35.27
(Median)
$15
$23
$35
MEDIAN: $23.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$34,006 - $123,973  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,903  
Profit Sharing
$198.66 - $4,530  
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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$33,920 - $93,665  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 97
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.88 - $35.27  
   
Overtime
$20.41 - $49.92  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,903  
   
Profit Sharing
$198.66 - $4,530  
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).
)
$33,920 - $93,665  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 715
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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

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

Common Career Paths for Crane Operator


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Crane Operators' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Mobile Crane Operator. Median pay for Mobile Crane Operators is $51K.

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Survey takers who work as Crane Operators typically report just a few professional skills. Crane operator and Certified Crane Operator are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 8 percent and 3 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Crane Operator

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average beginner in this position makes around $46K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $53K. Crane Operators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $57K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $60K.

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Experience Affects Crane Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$53,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Crane Operator Salaries


Certified Crane Operator
up arrow 3%

National Average
$53,000

Machine Operation
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 118 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 24%
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