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Equipment Operator, Public Works Salary

Men make up the majority of Public Works Equipment Operators in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $16.45 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $11.44 per hour and $24.24. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. The majority of Public Works Equipment Operators claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,669 - $60,820
(Median)
$25K
$37K
$61K
MEDIAN: $36,682
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50%
90%

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$11.44 - $24.24
(Median)
$11
$16
$24
MEDIAN: $16.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$24,669 - $60,820  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $513  
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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$24,419 - $54,671  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 37
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.44 - $24.24  
   
Overtime
$14.62 - $38.95  
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$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $513  
   
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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$24,419 - $54,671  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 156

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Job Description for Equipment Operator, Public Works

Equipment operators in public works are responsible for operating equipment and following specific guidelines to complete public works projects on behalf of companies and government agencies.

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Equipment Operator, Public Works Tasks

  • Inspect site, add warning signs, and ensure safety of workers and the public while using machinery.
  • Clean, maintain and repair fences, bridges, manholes, drainage and sewer lines.
  • Operate equipment safely to complete tasks like pouring concrete, installing drainage or patching roads.

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Pay by Experience Level for Equipment Operator, Public Works

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


Public Works Equipment Operators with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $31K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $34K on average. Public Works Equipment Operators see a median salary of $40K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $42K.

Equipment Operator, Public Works Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Equipment Operator, Public Works in Elizabethtown:
"Long hours and Low Pay."
You don't, have a life in the winter when it Snow or Rains You have to go to work how long ,when its stops snowing after a storm its time to clean up to make room for more snow clean all equipment get ready for the next storm when spring comes you have to pick up all the sand and salt on lawns and ditches.

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Experience Affects Equipment Operator, Public Works Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$36,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 7%
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