Men represent the vast majority of Excavator Operators in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $19.91 per hour nationwide. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. While some workers in this profession — just over two-fifths — do not have any health coverage, the larger part do receive medical benefits and just under a third have dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$25,025 - $102,155
(Median)
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$51K
$100K
MEDIAN: $50,683
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$14.41 - $30.16
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$25,025 - $102,155  
   
Bonus
$289.06 - $4,983  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$31,110 - $77,559  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 49
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.41 - $30.16  
   
Hourly Tips
$4.13  
Overtime
$19.98 - $48.36  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$289.06 - $4,983  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$31,110 - $77,559  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 322
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Job Description for Excavator Operator

An excavator operator operates heavy machinery to move materials and clear ground, digging holes and trenches to prepare sites for construction. They may also be required to occasionally perform maintenance on the machines. A typical day for an excavator operator is often spent on a construction site in conditions that can be unpredictable and/or extreme; for example, there may be heat, cold, dust, and noise. However, most machines have air-conditioned, soundproof cabs that may make work more comfortable. Excavator operators' hours may vary depending on their employers' needs, and they may include weekends and night shifts. They might also be required to travel to remote work sites.

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Excavator Operator Tasks

  • Maintain, confirm condition of excavator and operate within regulations and safety limits.
  • Maintain awareness of site and workers and communicate actions.
  • Operate excavator safely to accomplish specified goals.

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Pay by Experience Level for Excavator Operator

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


For Excavator Operators, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $41K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $45K on average. For Excavator Operators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $50K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $53K.

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What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

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"Be safe and aware."
All way now your surroundings if there's People and where are those people and take care of the equipment like it's yours.

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Experience Affects Excavator Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

National Average
$48,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Excavator Operator Salaries

Excavator Operator
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National Average
$48,000

Machine Operation
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 56%
dental benefits
Dental: 28%
medical benefits
Vision: 20%
dental benefits
None: 44%
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