Crane Operator Salary

Men account for the majority of Crane Operators in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $22.96 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $14.49 per hour to $35.32. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, one-fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by a majority. Job satisfaction for Crane Operators is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$35,350 - $124,729

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$14.49 - $35.32

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$35,350 - $124,729  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,943  
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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$32,932 - $93,330  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 105
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.49 - $35.32  
   
Overtime
$20.25 - $49.96  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,943  
   
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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$32,932 - $93,330  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 797
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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 who transition into an upper level Mobile Crane Operator position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Mobile Crane Operator makes $51K a year.

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Job skills reported by Crane Operators are limited. Most notably, facility with CDL, crane operator, and Certified Crane Operator are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent, 4 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Welder.

Pay by Experience Level for Crane Operator

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Crane Operators — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $45K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $53K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $58K in this role. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $61K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Crane Operators in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 129 percent above the national average. Crane Operators will also find cushy salaries in Baton Rouge (+68 percent), Los Angeles (+68 percent), Seattle (+40 percent), and Houston (+22 percent). Falling short of the national average by 20 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Raleigh. Milwaukee and Portland are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 17 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Crane Operator Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$53,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Crane Operator Salaries

CDL
up arrow 20%

crane operator
up arrow 4%

Certified Crane Operator
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National Average
$53,000

Machine Operation
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Welder
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 119 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 24%
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