A Crane Operator earns an average wage of $21.55 per hour. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least. A skill in crane operator is associated with high pay for this job.
Crane Operator Total Pay (?
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$30,000 - $100,000
(Median)
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44K
62K
100K
MEDIAN: $49,804
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Crane Operator Total Pay (?
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$14.82 - $31.79
(Median)
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22
26
32
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$30,000 - $100,000  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,527  
Profit Sharing
$495.79 - $3,931  
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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$33,104 - $85,876  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 413
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.82 - $31.79  
   
Overtime
$20.46 - $45.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,527  
   
Profit Sharing
$495.79 - $3,931  
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).
)
$33,104 - $85,876  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 413
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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.
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 79%
Houston
up arrow 35%
New Orleans
up arrow 21%
Dallas
up arrow 6%
Denver
up arrow 2%
National Average
$50,000
Phoenix
up arrow 17%
Raleigh
up arrow 17%
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Experience Affects Crane Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 9%
Experienced
up arrow 5%
National Average
$50,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 1%
Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Crane Operator Salaries

crane operator
up arrow 17%
Machine Operation
up arrow 8%
National Average
$50,000
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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
27%
20 years or more
23%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 28%
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