Equipment Operator Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Equipment Operators in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $16.87 per hour nationwide. Total incomes of Equipment Operators incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $12K from bonuses and close to $5K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $26K and $69K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but the specific employer and experience level are influential factors as well. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and roughly one in four lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. For the most part, Equipment Operators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$25,357 - $77,620
$25K
$44K
$78K
MEDIAN: $43,822
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$12.01 - $26.15
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$17
$26
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$25,357 - $77,620  
   
Bonus
$400.89 - $11,920  
Profit Sharing
$325.00 - $4,500  
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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$26,029 - $69,113  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 213
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.01 - $26.15  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.75  
Overtime
$17.88 - $37.48  
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
$400.89 - $11,920  
   
Profit Sharing
$325.00 - $4,500  
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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$26,029 - $69,113  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,643
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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


Baker Hughes Inc attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $83K.

Popular Skills for Equipment Operator


Survey results suggest that Equipment Operators use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Lucky workers who know Welding can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 42 percent above average. Operator and Heavy Equipment Repair are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 10 percent and 42 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include truck driver and Operations Management. Those familiar with Equipment Maintenance also tend to 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. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $36K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $41K. Equipment Operators who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $44K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $50K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $39,868

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

With a pay rate for Equipment Operators that is 104 percent greater than the national average, Midland offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Equipment Operators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+47 percent), Seattle (+44 percent), Chicago (+43 percent), and Williston (+35 percent). Compared to the national average, Jacksonville Equipment Operators have considerably lower salaries, 31 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Richmond and Charlotte are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 8 percent lower and 5 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 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 223 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Equipment Operator Salaries

▲26%

▲10%

▲2%

National Average
$40,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Equipment Operator Salaries

Welding
▲42%


Operator
▲10%

EQUIPMENT OPERATOR
▲6%


CDL
▲4%

National Average
$40,000



Operations Management
▼4%

truck driver
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 223 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 27%
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