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Equipment Operator Salary

Men account for the majority of Equipment Operators in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $17.22 per hour. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the particular firm, followed by the particular city and tenure. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. While some workers in this profession — approximately one-fourth — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and a little more than half have dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$26,756 - $68,817
(Median)
$27K
$41K
$69K
MEDIAN: $40,870
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$11.77 - $27.37
(Median)
$12
$17
$27
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$26,756 - $68,817  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,411  
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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$25,251 - $69,615  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 88
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.77 - $27.37  
   
Overtime
$17.67 - $39.45  
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 - $6,411  
   
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).
)
$25,251 - $69,615  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 624
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Job Description for Equipment Operator

An equipment operator performs the hands-on aspect of using equipment, applying mechanical skill sets to operate a variety of devices such as a scraper, bulldozer, tractor, motor grader, front-end loader, crane, pile driver, and back hoe. Equipment operators are commonly seen using their equipment for road construction and maintenance. Other common projects that equipment operators work on are building construction, bridge construction, industrial farm work, and other large structures. On top of operating various machines, equipment operators must also perform regular maintenance on the machines they operate and be capable of troubleshooting problems

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Equipment Operator Tasks

  • Follow safety regulations and remove and minimize potential hazards.
  • Perform routine maintenance and ensure any needed repairs are made.
  • Operate heavy construction machines such as bulldozers, compressors, tractors, and graders.

Common Career Paths for Equipment Operator


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Equipment Operators' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Heavy Equipment Operator. Median pay for Heavy Equipment Operators is $41K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Equipment Operator


Relative to other names in the field, compensation is very low at Waste Management, Inc. — the median salary comes to just $34K, just about half of the top paying company's median.


Equipment Operators who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Machine Operation, heavy equipment operator, Equipment Maintenance, and Heavy Equipment Repair are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Heavy Equipment Repair as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Equipment Maintenance and heavy equipment operator also typically command lower compensation.

Pay by Experience Level for Equipment Operator

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


Equipment Operators with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average inexperienced worker earns $36K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $40K. Equipment Operators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $42K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $47K.

Equipment Operator Reviews

What is it like working as an Equipment Operator?

Equipment Operator in Beallsville:
"Maintaining Awareness And Staying Busy Gives A Sense Of Accomplishment."
Pros: Sense of accomplishment and a big part production.
Cons: Working alone for most of the shift.

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Experience Affects Equipment Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect Equipment Operator Salaries

Machine Operation
up arrow 1%

National Average
$40,000

heavy equipment operator
up arrow 3%

Equipment Maintenance
up arrow 6%

Heavy Equipment Repair
up arrow 26%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 101 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 27%