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Equipment Operator Salary (United States)

Men make up the majority of Equipment Operators in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $17.07 per hour. While the company and years of experience impact pay for this group, residence is the most influential factor. Some workers in this field — approximately one in four — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair portion and dental plans are enjoyed by around half. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Equipment Operators. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Equipment Operator Salary (?
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$26,945 - $65,336
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MEDIAN: $39,699
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Equipment Operator Salary (?
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$11.78 - $27.28
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$26,945 - $65,336  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,983  
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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$25,355 - $69,103  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 72
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.78 - $27.28  
   
Overtime
$17.56 - $40.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,983  
   
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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$25,355 - $69,103  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 489
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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. Typically, a Heavy Equipment Operator, an upper-level role, pays $41K.

Heavy Equipment Operator Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Equipment Operator

Equipment Operators seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Baker Hughes Inc, where typical salaries come to $57K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($40K) and those starting out ($78K) creates a rather diverse pay scale. Baker Hughes Inc is also at the bottom of the scale.

Survey takers who work as Equipment Operators typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in heavy equipment operator, Machine Operation, Equipment Maintenance, and Heavy Equipment Repair are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Heavy Equipment Repair and Equipment Maintenance as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay.

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. 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 $39K on average. For Equipment Operators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $42K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $47K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up just under a fourth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in ten, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining nearly one-sixth.

Pay Difference By Location

Houston
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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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Home to some of the best pay for Equipment Operators, Houston offers exceptional salaries, 19 percent above the national average. Equipment Operators will also find cushy salaries in Oklahoma City (+12 percent). The lowest-paying market is Fort Worth, which sits 33 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Workers in Charlotte and Phoenix earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (26 percent less and 21 percent less, respectively).

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

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$39,000
Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Equipment Operator Salaries

heavy equipment operator
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Machine Operation
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National Average
$39,000
Equipment Maintenance
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Heavy Equipment Repair
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 83 votes.

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
17%

Common Health Benefits

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