Excavator Operator Salary

Male Excavator Operators number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $20.01 per hour in the United States. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just over two-fifths lack any form of coverage — but more than half have medical insurance, and just under one in three have dental, too. For the most part, Excavator Operators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction.

$24,306 - $117,916
$24K
$51K
$120K
MEDIAN: $51,395
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50%
90%

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$14.37 - $31.06
$14
$20
$31
MEDIAN: $20.01
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$24,306 - $117,916  
   
Bonus
$197.27 - $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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$31,010 - $83,389  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 49
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.37 - $31.06  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.75  
Overtime
$19.67 - $49.12  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$197.27 - $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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$31,010 - $83,389  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 314

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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

Pay by Experience for an Excavator Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Excavator Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 112 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Excavator Operator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 120 salaries. An experienced Excavator Operator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 156 salaries. An Excavator Operator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $54,000 based on 82 salaries.

Excavator Operator Advice

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

Excavator Operator in Branford:
"Give every day and every job all you have, you'll feel great."
Pay attention to the senior operators and try to learn their little tricks of the trade. If some work for you, teach them to the newer guys, if it doesn't work for you, Who knows it may work for him or her ? Knowledge is power on the job .

Excavator Operator in Dallas:
"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
2 %
Male
98 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
23%
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Experience Affects Excavator Operator Salaries

Late-Career
▲10%

Experienced
▲4%

National Average
$49,000

Mid-Career
▼5%

Entry-Level
▼16%

Skills That Affect Excavator Operator Salaries

Excavator Operator
▲20%

National Average
$49,000

Machine Operation
▼19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 55%
dental benefits
Dental: 28%
vision benefits
Vision: 21%
no benefits
None: 45%