Equipment Operator Salary

A sizeable majority of Equipment Operators in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $17.14 per hour. Total cash compensation to Equipment Operators approaches anywhere from $26K on the lower end to $69K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $10K from bonuses and upwards of $5K from profit sharing. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geographic location, followed by the company and years of experience. 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 majority. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Equipment Operators. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$25,213 - $78,815
$25K
$43K
$79K
MEDIAN: $42,752
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90%

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$12.10 - $26.00
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$17
$26
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$0$78K
Salary $25,213 - $78,815
Bonus $160.00 - $9,826
Profit Sharing $146.81 - $5,106
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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$26,158 - $68,993
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 220
Hourly Data $0$37
Hourly Rate $12.10 - $26.00
Hourly Tips $0.88
Overtime $18.11 - $37.26
Annual Data $0$68K
Bonus $160.00 - $9,826
Profit Sharing $146.81 - $5,106
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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$26,158 - $68,993
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,684

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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

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

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Popular Employer Salaries for Equipment Operator


Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Baker Hughes Inc offers the most; Equipment Operators earn $83K on average there.

Popular Skills for Equipment Operator


Survey results suggest that Equipment Operators use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Welding, Operator, and Heavy Equipment Repair are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 41 percent, 10 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like truck driver and Operations Management. Most people who know Equipment Maintenance also know Heavy Equipment Repair.

Pay by Experience Level for Equipment Operator

Pay by Experience for an Equipment Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Equipment Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 896 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Equipment Operator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 575 salaries. An experienced Equipment Operator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 534 salaries. An Equipment Operator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 281 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,162

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Equipment Operators, Midland offers exceptional salaries, 103 percent above the national average. Equipment Operators will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+46 percent), Seattle (+43 percent), Chicago (+42 percent), and Williston (+34 percent). Equipment Operators in Jacksonville earn salaries far below the national average by 31 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Employers in Richmond and Charlotte also lean toward paying below-median salaries (9 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

Equipment Operator Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Equipment Operator?

Equipment Operator in Sultan:
"It pays the bills."
Pros: The people I work with. The company has good benefits that will be increasingly more beneficial as I continue over the years with the company.
Cons: The pay makes the bills but beyond that I cannot afford to have my own home. The work is very demanding on your mind & body. I have received burns, smashed fingers & bruises in less then a year.

Equipment Operator in Uvalde:
"Best job."
Pros: Independent and supervisory position.
Cons: The pay of the job is not as high or good enough for the work we do.

Equipment Operator in Houston:
"Its fun with the right company."
Pros: The hands on all the time.
Cons: The pay.

Equipment Operator in San Antonio:
"Good money but long hours."
Pros: The easy money.
Cons: Long hours.

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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Key Stats for Equipment Operator

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 277 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Equipment Operator Salaries

▲25%

▲9%

▲1%

National Average
$40,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Equipment Operator Salaries

Welding
▲41%

Operator
▲10%


EQUIPMENT OPERATOR
▲5%


CDL
▲3%

National Average
$40,000



Operations Management
▼5%

truck driver
▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 277 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
no benefits
None: 27%
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