Crane Operator Salary

Men make up the majority of Crane Operators in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $23.04 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most Crane Operators like their work and job satisfaction is high. While approximately one in four report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well.

$35,125 - $122,554
(Median)
$35K
$60K
$120K
MEDIAN: $59,682
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$14.65 - $35.40
(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
$35,125 - $122,554  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,910  
Profit Sharing
$197.27 - $4,562  
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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$33,325 - $93,604  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 102
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.65 - $35.40  
   
Overtime
$20.30 - $50.51  
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 - $4,910  
   
Profit Sharing
$197.27 - $4,562  
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).
)
$33,325 - $93,604  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 777
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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 seem to require a number of specific skills. 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, 7 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Welder.

Pay by Experience Level for Crane Operator

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


Crane Operators with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $46K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $53K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $58K. Crane Operators who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $61K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Crane Operators, New York offers exceptional salaries, 129 percent above the national average. Crane Operators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+68 percent), Seattle (+38 percent), Houston (+24 percent), and New Orleans (+20 percent). Compared to the national average, Raleigh Crane Operators have considerably lower salaries, 22 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Employers also pay below the national average in Fort Worth (18 percent lower) and Milwaukee (17 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Crane Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$53,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Crane Operator Salaries

CDL
up arrow 20%


Certified Crane Operator
up arrow 3%

National Average
$53,000

Machine Operation
up arrow 2%

Welder
up arrow 7%

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
26%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 24%
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