Excavator Operator Salary

Excavator Operators in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $19.66 per hour. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. 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.

$27,203 - $87,462
(Median)
$27K
$50K
$87K
MEDIAN: $49,637
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90%

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$13.91 - $29.72
(Median)
$14
$20
$30
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$27,203 - $87,462  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,872  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$30,704 - $76,505  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 43
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.91 - $29.72  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.25  
Overtime
$18.50 - $38.68  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,872  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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).
)
$30,704 - $76,505  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 308
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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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $39K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $45K. For Excavator Operators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $50K. Excavator Operators who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $52K on average.

Excavator Operator Advice

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 6%

National Average
$47,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 57%
dental benefits
Dental: 28%
medical benefits
Vision: 22%
dental benefits
None: 42%
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