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Crane Operator Salary (United States)

Men make up the majority of Crane Operators in the United States, bringing in about $22.38 per hour. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Some workers in this field — roughly one in four — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by a little over a half. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Crane Operator Salary (?
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$30,622 - $116,748
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MEDIAN: $56,562
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Crane Operator Salary (?
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$14.88 - $34.28
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$30,622 - $116,748  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,400  
Profit Sharing
$1.30 - $4,848  
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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$33,436 - $90,947  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 70
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.88 - $34.28  
   
Overtime
$20.07 - $47.68  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,400  
   
Profit Sharing
$1.30 - $4,848  
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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$33,436 - $90,947  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 561
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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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For Crane Operators, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Crane Operators earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Mobile Crane Operator.

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Job skills reported by Crane Operators are limited. Machine Operation and crane operator are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include crane operator.

Pay by Experience Level for Crane Operator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Crane Operators do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $46K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $51K. Crane Operators see a median salary of $55K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Crane Operators who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $58K.

Pay Difference By Location

Los Angeles
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Baton Rouge
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Seattle
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Salt Lake City
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Houston
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New Orleans
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Denver
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Nashville
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Dallas
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Oklahoma City
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Cleveland
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Bakersfield
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National Average
$51,000
Portland
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Raleigh
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Birmingham
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Crane Operators will find that Los Angeles offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 74 percent. Crane Operators will also find cushy salaries in Baton Rouge (+62 percent), Seattle (+39 percent), Salt Lake City (+37 percent), and Houston (+28 percent). Crane Operators in Birmingham earn salaries far below the national average by 23 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Raleigh (22 percent lower) and Portland (5 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Crane Operator Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$51,000
Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Crane Operator Salaries

Machine Operation
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National Average
$51,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 104 votes.

Gender

Female
1%
female alumni
 
Male
99%
male alumni

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 25%