Men make up the majority of Excavator Operators in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $20.02 per hour. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Just over a half enjoy medical while just under a third get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to nearly one-fifth. Work is enjoyable for Excavator Operators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$24,432 - $116,933
$24K
$51K
$120K
MEDIAN: $51,395
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$14.35 - $30.85
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$24,432 - $116,933  
   
Bonus
$292.33 - $4,949  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
Total Pay (?
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$30,949 - $81,839  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 51
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.35 - $30.85  
   
Hourly Tips
$4.13  
Overtime
$19.81 - $48.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$292.33 - $4,949  
   
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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$30,949 - $81,839  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 331

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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

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

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Pay by Experience Level for Excavator Operator

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


Excavator Operators with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $41K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $46K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $51K in this role. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $54K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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

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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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Key Stats for Excavator Operator

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.
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Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
24%
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Experience Affects Excavator Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

National Average
$49,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Skills That Affect Excavator Operator Salaries

Excavator Operator
up arrow 21%

National Average
$49,000

Machine Operation
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 53%
dental benefits
Dental: 28%
vision benefits
Vision: 20%
dental benefits
None: 47%
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