Equipment Operator, Public Works Salary

Public Works Equipment Operators in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $16.48 per hour. Compensation ranges between $11.40 per hour and $24.37. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and more than half earn dental coverage. The majority of Public Works Equipment Operators claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$24,237 - $61,825

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$11.40 - $24.37

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$24,237 - $61,825  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $518  
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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$24,318 - $54,524  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 35
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.40 - $24.37  
   
Overtime
$14.54 - $39.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $518  
   
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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$24,318 - $54,524  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 160
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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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $29K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $34K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Public Works Equipment Operators make a median salary of $39K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $43K.

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 18%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$36,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

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: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 6%
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