An Equipment Operator earns an average wage of $17.28 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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$26,575 - $69,966
(Median)
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39K
51K
70K
MEDIAN: $39,100
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Equipment Operator Total Pay (?
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$11.70 - $25.62
(Median)
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17
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26
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$26,575 - $69,966  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,945  
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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$25,503 - $69,233  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 308
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.70 - $25.62  
   
Overtime
$16.80 - $41.71  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,945  
   
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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$25,503 - $69,233  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 308
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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.
Pay by Experience Level for Equipment Operator
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
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Experience Affects Equipment Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%
Experienced
up arrow 6%
Mid-Career
up arrow 1%
National Average
$39,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Equipment Operator Salaries

heavy equipment operator
0%
National Average
$39,000
Heavy Equipment Repair
up arrow 26%
Job Satisfaction
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Gender
Female
5%
female alumni
 
Male
95%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
19%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 30%
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