Equipment Operator Salary

Men make up the majority of Equipment Operators in the United States, bringing in about $17.07 per hour. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but the specific employer and years of experience are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction for Equipment Operators is high. While some workers in this profession — roughly a fourth — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and slightly more than half have dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$26,422 - $71,436
(Median)
$26K
$43K
$71K
MEDIAN: $42,957
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$11.81 - $26.64
(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 - $7,000  
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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$25,477 - $69,739  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 133
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.81 - $26.64  
   
Overtime
$17.77 - $40.55  
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.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,000  
   
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).
)
$25,477 - $69,739  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,016
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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. On average, a Heavy Equipment Operator, an upper-level role, pays $41K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Equipment Operator


Offering a median salary of only $35K, Waste Management, Inc. gives out the smallest paychecks. Furthermore, the earnings range of $24K to $52K isn't that wide, either.


Survey results imply that Equipment Operators put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in EQUIPMENT OPERATOR, Equipment Maintenance, Machine Operation, and heavy equipment operator are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Heavy Equipment Repair as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. CDL and heavy equipment operator also typically command lower compensation. Aptitude in Equipment Maintenance tends to also indicate an understanding of Machine Operation.

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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $36K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $40K. Equipment Operators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $42K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $47K.

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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
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Equipment Operator Salaries

EQUIPMENT OPERATOR
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Machine Operation
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Equipment Maintenance
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National Average
$40,000

heavy equipment operator
up arrow 8%

CDL
up arrow 19%

Heavy Equipment Repair
up arrow 23%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 133 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: 72% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 27%
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