Equipment Operator Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Equipment Operators earn an average of $17.06 per hour. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by residence, but the company and years of experience are influential factors as well. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and close to one-fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number 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. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$25,742 - $72,100
(Median)
$26K
$42K
$72K
MEDIAN: $41,748
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$11.89 - $26.20
(Median)
$12
$17
$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$25,742 - $72,100  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,450  
Profit Sharing
$1,200  
Commission
$2,360  
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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$25,765 - $68,647  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 194
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.89 - $26.20  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.86  
Overtime
$17.83 - $38.98  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,450  
   
Commission
$2,360  
Profit Sharing
$1,200  
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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$25,765 - $68,647  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,462
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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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Equipment Operator


The biggest paychecks can be found at Schlumberger — the median salary there is $81K.

Waste Management, Inc. offers the lowest pay in the industry by far, with a median salary less than half of the top paying employer's rate ($35K).


Equipment Operators generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in EQUIPMENT OPERATOR, CDL, Machine Operation, and Equipment Maintenance are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Heavy Equipment Repair as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. truck driver and heavy equipment operator also typically command lower compensation. Those with knowledge of Equipment Maintenance tend to be skilled in 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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $36K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $40K. Equipment Operators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $42K. 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 $47K.

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



Mid-Career
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National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Equipment Operator Salaries

EQUIPMENT OPERATOR
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CDL
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Machine Operation
0%

Equipment Maintenance
0%

National Average
$40,000

heavy equipment operator
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truck driver
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Heavy Equipment Repair
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 171 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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