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Equipment Operator, Public Works Salary

Public Works Equipment Operators in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $15.98 per hour. Pay generally varies between $11.34 per hour and $24.08. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Public Works Equipment Operators is high. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$24,907 - $51,148
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MEDIAN: $35,855
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$11.34 - $24.08
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$24,907 - $51,148  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $745  
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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$24,357 - $53,809  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 41
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.34 - $24.08  
   
Overtime
$15.40 - $39.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $745  
   
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).
)
$24,357 - $53,809  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 164
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Job Description for Equipment Operator, Public Works

  • 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Public Works Equipment Operators — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $31K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $34K. For Public Works Equipment Operators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $39K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $42K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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.

Experience Affects Equipment Operator, Public Works Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$36,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 6%