Equipment Operator Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Equipment Operators earn an average of $17.05 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and tenure. Work is enjoyable for Equipment Operators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — approximately one in four — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by over one-half. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$25,932 - $71,675
(Median)
$26K
$43K
$72K
MEDIAN: $43,277
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$11.81 - $26.70
(Median)
$12
$17
$27
MEDIAN: $17.00
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90%

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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$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$25,932 - $71,675  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,698  
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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$25,533 - $69,731  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 137
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.81 - $26.70  
   
Overtime
$17.75 - $40.49  
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 - $6,698  
   
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).
)
$25,533 - $69,731  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,037
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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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The pay scale is far from balanced at Waste Management, Inc.. While salaries on one end can reach $52K, the company's median pay sits at $35K, the lowest in the field.


Equipment Operators report using a wide range of professional skills. 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $36K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $40K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Equipment Operators make a median salary of $42K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Equipment Operator generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $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


Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Equipment Operator Salaries

EQUIPMENT OPERATOR
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Machine Operation
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Equipment Maintenance
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National Average
$40,000

heavy equipment operator
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CDL
up arrow 20%

Heavy Equipment Repair
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 27%
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