Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Equipment Operators earn an average of $16.88 per hour. Overall cash earnings for Equipment Operators stretch from $26K on the lower end to $69K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $11K from bonuses and $4K from profit sharing. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geographic location, followed by the specific employer and experience level. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. While nearly one in four report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and a majority have dental, as well. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$25,451 - $78,250
$25K
$44K
$78K
MEDIAN: $44,134
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$12.03 - $25.94
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$25,451 - $78,250  
   
Bonus
$402.68 - $11,234  
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $4,122  
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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$26,044 - $68,750  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 215
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.03 - $25.94  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.88  
Overtime
$17.86 - $37.74  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$402.68 - $11,234  
   
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $4,122  
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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$26,044 - $68,750  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,687

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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

  • Operate heavy construction machines such as bulldozers, compressors, tractors, and graders.
  • Perform routine maintenance and ensure any needed repairs are made.
  • Follow safety regulations and remove and minimize potential hazards.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Equipment Operator


Those at Baker Hughes Inc can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $83K.

Popular Skills for Equipment Operator


Survey results suggest that Equipment Operators use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Welding, Operator, and Heavy Equipment Repair are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 42 percent, 26 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like truck driver and Operations Management. Most people familiar with Equipment Maintenance also know Heavy Equipment Repair.

Pay by Experience Level for Equipment Operator

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


For Equipment Operators, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $36K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $41K. Equipment Operators who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $43K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Equipment Operator generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $49K.

Equipment Operator Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Equipment Operator?

Equipment Operator in Sultan:
"It pays the bills."
Pros: The people I work with. The company has good benefits that will be increasingly more beneficial as I continue over the years with the company.
Cons: The pay makes the bills but beyond that I cannot afford to have my own home. The work is very demanding on your mind & body. I have received burns, smashed fingers & bruises in less then a year.

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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Key Stats for Equipment Operator

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 219 votes.
036
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Equipment Operator Salaries




National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Equipment Operator Salaries

Welding
up arrow 42%

Operator
up arrow 26%


EQUIPMENT OPERATOR
up arrow 5%

heavy equipment operator
up arrow 4%

CDL
up arrow 4%

National Average
$40,000



Operations Management
up arrow 10%

truck driver
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 219 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 27%
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