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Equipment Operator Salary

Equipment Operators in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $17.09 per hour. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by location, but the company and tenure are influential factors as well. For the most part, Equipment Operators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Although around one in four lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and a little more than half get dental coverage, too. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$26,422 - $71,436
(Median)
$26K
$42K
$71K
MEDIAN: $41,840
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$11.75 - $26.68
(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
$26,422 - $71,436  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,424  
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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$25,278 - $69,667  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 113
National Hourly Rate 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$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.75 - $26.68  
   
Overtime
$17.68 - $40.33  
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.
)
$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,424  
   
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).
)
$25,278 - $69,667  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 881

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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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For Equipment Operators, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Equipment Operators earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Heavy Equipment Operator.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Equipment Operator


Offering a median of only $35K, Waste Management, Inc. pays the least. Moreover, the compensation range seems pretty narrow; employees make $24K on the lower end and $52K on the higher end.


Equipment Operators only report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Machine Operation, Equipment Maintenance, heavy equipment operator, and Heavy Equipment Repair are correlated to pay that is above average. Heavy Equipment Repair and heavy equipment operator, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. It is not unusual for someone who knows Equipment Maintenance to be familiar with Machine Operation as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Equipment Operator

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


Equipment Operators with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $36K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $40K on average. On average, Equipment Operators make $41K following one to two decades on the job. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; an Equipment Operator with more than 20 years of experience can earn $46K on average.

Equipment Operator Reviews

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
up arrow 4%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Equipment Operator Salaries

Machine Operation
up arrow 2%

National Average
$40,000

Equipment Maintenance
up arrow 1%

heavy equipment operator
up arrow 5%

Heavy Equipment Repair
up arrow 26%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 130 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
23%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 27%
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