Equipment Operator, Public Works Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Public Works Equipment Operators in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $16.44 per hour nationwide. Earnings sit near $11.54 per hour on the lower side but can approach $24.51 on the higher side. The majority of Public Works Equipment Operators claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and more than half earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,561 - $55,000
(Median)
$25K
$38K
$55K
MEDIAN: $37,588
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$11.54 - $24.51
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$24,561 - $55,000  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $496.65  
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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$24,484 - $52,798  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 34
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.54 - $24.51  
   
Overtime
$13.44 - $38.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $496.65  
   
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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$24,484 - $52,798  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 162
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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. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $32K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $34K. Public Works Equipment Operators see a median salary of $39K after reaching one to two decades on the job. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Public Works Equipment Operator with more than 20 years of experience can earn $42K on average.

Equipment Operator, Public Works Advice

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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 17%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

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 35 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
medical benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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