Equipment Operator Salary

Equipment Operators in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $17.06 per hour. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but the specific employer and years of experience are influential factors as well. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and slightly more than half have dental coverage, nearly one-fourth claim no health benefits at all. Most Equipment Operators report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$25,742 - $72,100
(Median)
$26K
$42K
$72K
MEDIAN: $41,748
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$11.89 - $26.20
(Median)
$12
$17
$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$25,742 - $72,100  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,450  
Profit Sharing
$1,200  
Commission
$2,360  
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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$25,765 - $68,647  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 194
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.89 - $26.20  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.86  
Overtime
$17.83 - $38.98  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,450  
   
Commission
$2,360  
Profit Sharing
$1,200  
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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$25,765 - $68,647  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,462
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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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Equipment Operator


Schlumberger leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $81K.

With a median employee salary of $35K, Waste Management, Inc. pays significantly less than its competitors (less than half of the top paying company's rate).


Equipment Operators seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in EQUIPMENT OPERATOR, CDL, Machine Operation, and Equipment Maintenance are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Heavy Equipment Repair as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. truck driver and heavy equipment operator also typically command lower compensation. Many workers who know Equipment Maintenance also know 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. The average beginner in this position makes around $36K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $40K. On average, Equipment Operators make $42K following one to two decades on the job. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $47K.

Equipment Operator Reviews

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 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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CDL
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Machine Operation
0%

Equipment Maintenance
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National Average
$40,000

heavy equipment operator
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truck driver
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Heavy Equipment Repair
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 171 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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