A sizeable majority of Equipment Operators in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $16.89 per hour. Total incomes of Equipment Operators incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $11K from bonuses and close to $5K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $26K and $69K. The particular firm is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and experience level are driving factors as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Close to one-fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$25,310 - $77,924
(Median)
$25K
$43K
$78K
MEDIAN: $43,426
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$11.98 - $25.92
(Median)
$12
$17
$26
MEDIAN: $16.00
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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$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$25,310 - $77,924  
   
Bonus
$152.05 - $11,335  
Profit Sharing
$154.56 - $4,848  
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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$25,903 - $68,679  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 218
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.98 - $25.92  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.00  
Overtime
$17.91 - $38.28  
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$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$152.05 - $11,335  
   
Profit Sharing
$154.56 - $4,848  
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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$25,903 - $68,679  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,659
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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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Equipment Operators seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Baker Hughes Inc, where the average salary comes to $83K.

Considering that the median salary at Waste Management, Inc. is a shallow $35K, it is not surprising that this employer ranks last in compensation relative to (and far behind) other companies in the same line of work — their median pay is less than half of the top paying employer's rate.

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 operator are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 42 percent, 34 percent, and 14 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include truck driver and Operations Management. Most people who know Equipment Maintenance also know Heavy Equipment Repair.

Pay by Experience Level for Equipment Operator

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


For many Equipment Operators, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $36K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $41K. Equipment Operators who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $43K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Equipment Operator generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $49K.

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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




National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Equipment Operator Salaries

Welding
up arrow 42%

Operator
up arrow 34%

heavy equipment operator
up arrow 14%

EQUIPMENT OPERATOR
up arrow 6%

CDL
up arrow 4%

Heavy Equipment Repair
up arrow 3%

National Average
$40,000

Machine Operation
up arrow 1%

Equipment Maintenance
up arrow 1%

Operations Management
up arrow 10%

truck driver
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 210 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
medical benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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