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Crane Operator Salary

A sizeable majority of Crane Operators in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $23.01 per hour. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While some workers in this profession — between a fifth and a fourth — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and a little over a half have dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$33,918 - $124,327
(Median)
$34K
$60K
$120K
MEDIAN: $59,830
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$14.90 - $35.15
(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
$33,918 - $124,327  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,636  
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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$33,990 - $93,550  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 96
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.90 - $35.15  
   
Overtime
$20.45 - $49.22  
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 - $4,636  
   
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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$33,990 - $93,550  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 695

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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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Crane Operators typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Machine Operation, crane operator, and Certified Crane Operator are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts ranging from 3 percent to 9 percent.

Pay by Experience Level for Crane Operator

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


For Crane Operators, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. 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 $52K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Crane Operators make a median salary of $57K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $60K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Crane Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$53,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Crane Operator Salaries

Machine Operation
up arrow 9%


Certified Crane Operator
up arrow 3%

National Average
$53,000

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 23%
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