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Excavator Operator Salary

Men make up the majority of Excavator Operators in the United States, bringing in about $19.46 per hour. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Some workers in this field — a little less than half — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by just under one in three. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Excavator Operators.

$29,799 - $71,840
(Median)
$30K
$50K
$72K
MEDIAN: $49,534
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50%
90%

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$13.08 - $29.84
(Median)
$13
$19
$30
MEDIAN: $19.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$29,799 - $71,840  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,548  
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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$30,236 - $74,206  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 22
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.08 - $29.84  
   
Overtime
$15.81 - $37.66  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,548  
   
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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$30,236 - $74,206  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 201

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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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $37K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $45K. On average, Excavator Operators make $47K following one to two decades on the job. After two decades in the workforce, the average Excavator Operator generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $52K.

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Experience Affects Excavator Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$45,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 53% dental benefits Dental: 28%
vision benefits Vision: 21% employee benefits None: 47%
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