Equipment Operator, Public Works Salary

Male Public Works Equipment Operators number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $16.53 per hour in the United States. Pay generally varies between $11.38 per hour and $24.65. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and more than half earn dental coverage. Most Public Works Equipment Operators report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$24,559 - $61,825
(Median)
$25K
$37K
$62K
MEDIAN: $36,521
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$11.38 - $24.65
(Median)
$11
$17
$25
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary 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$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$24,559 - $61,825  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $515  
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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$24,416 - $55,328  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 35
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.38 - $24.65  
   
Overtime
$14.45 - $39.20  
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$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $515  
   
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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$24,416 - $55,328  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 159
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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.


For Public Works Equipment Operators, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $29K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $34K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $39K in this role. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $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 17%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$36,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Entry-Level
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

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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