Equipment Operator Salary

A sizeable majority of Equipment Operators in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $17.07 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though the company and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Most Equipment Operators like their work and job satisfaction is high. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, close to one-fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by a little more than half. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$25,916 - $69,015

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$11.82 - $26.78

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$25,916 - $69,015  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,589  
Profit Sharing
$983 - $3,052  
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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$25,525 - $69,043  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 137
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.82 - $26.78  
   
Overtime
$17.58 - $40.51  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,589  
   
Profit Sharing
$983 - $3,052  
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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$25,525 - $69,043  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,085
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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 who go on to become Heavy Equipment Operators may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Heavy Equipment Operator, an upper-level role, pays $41K.

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Though lagging the field in terms of compensation — Waste Management, Inc. offers the lowest median salary at $35K — pay within the company still varies considerably between $24K and $52K.


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in EQUIPMENT OPERATOR, Equipment Maintenance, Machine Operation, and heavy equipment operator are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Heavy Equipment Repair as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. CDL and heavy equipment operator also typically command lower compensation. Experience with Equipment Maintenance is often linked with knowledge of Machine Operation.

Pay by Experience Level for Equipment Operator

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


For Equipment Operators, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $36K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $40K. Equipment Operators see a median salary of $42K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Equipment Operators who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $47K.

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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



Mid-Career
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National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Equipment Operator Salaries

EQUIPMENT OPERATOR
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Equipment Maintenance
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Machine Operation
0%

National Average
$40,000

heavy equipment operator
up arrow 7%

CDL
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Heavy Equipment Repair
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 133 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 27%
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