Crane Operator Salary (United States)

A Crane Operator earns an average wage of $21.97 per hour. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are crane operator and Machine Operation.
Crane Operator Total Pay (?
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$30,201 - $123,648
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $51,625
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Crane Operator Total Pay (?
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$14.87 - $33.17
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$30,201 - $123,648  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,009  
Profit Sharing
$304.10 - $4,932  
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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$33,217 - $90,344  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 503
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.87 - $33.17  
   
Overtime
$20.40 - $46.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,009  
   
Profit Sharing
$304.10 - $4,932  
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).
)
$33,217 - $90,344  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 503
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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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Crane Operator

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

Pay Difference By Location

Los Angeles
up arrow 86%
Seattle
up arrow 46%
Houston
up arrow 29%
New Orleans
up arrow 19%
Dallas
up arrow 5%
Bakersfield
up arrow 2%
Cleveland
up arrow 2%
Oklahoma City
0%
Denver
0%
National Average
$51,000
Phoenix
up arrow 18%
Raleigh
up arrow 21%
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Experience Affects Crane Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%
Experienced
up arrow 7%
National Average
$51,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 1%
Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect Crane Operator Salaries

crane operator
up arrow 15%
Machine Operation
up arrow 14%
National Average
$51,000

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
1%
female alumni
 
Male
99%
male alumni

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 27%
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