Equipment Operator Salary (United States)

An Equipment Operator earns an average wage of $17.04 per hour. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.
Equipment Operator Total Pay (?
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$27,060 - $67,114
(Median)
27K
39K
50K
67K
MEDIAN: $39,301
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75%
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Equipment Operator Total Pay (?
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$11.79 - $26.86
(Median)
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17
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27
MEDIAN: $17.00
10%
50%
75%
90%
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$27,060 - $67,114  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,500  
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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$25,306 - $68,957  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 523
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.79 - $26.86  
   
Overtime
$17.64 - $40.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,500  
   
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).
)
$25,306 - $68,957  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 523
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Equipment Operator

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

Pay Difference By Location

Oklahoma City
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National Average
$39,000
Dallas
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Phoenix
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Charlotte
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Experience Affects Equipment Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%
Experienced
up arrow 7%
National Average
$39,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 1%
Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Equipment Operator Salaries

heavy equipment operator
up arrow 3%
Machine Operation
up arrow 2%
National Average
$39,000
Heavy Equipment Repair
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
6%
female alumni
 
Male
94%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 27%
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