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Excavator Operator Salary

Men make up the majority of Excavator Operators in the United States, bringing in about $19.38 per hour. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to approximately one-half, and close to a fourth earn dental coverage. For the most part, Excavator Operators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$29,900 - $71,667
(Median)
$30K
$49K
$72K
MEDIAN: $49,056
10%
50%
90%

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$12.72 - $29.70
(Median)
$13
$19
$30
MEDIAN: $19.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$29,900 - $71,667  
   
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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$29,790 - $73,154  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 23
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.72 - $29.70  
   
Overtime
$16.39 - $37.65  
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).
)
$29,790 - $73,154  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 196

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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.


Excavator Operators with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $37K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $46K. Excavator Operators see a median salary of $46K after reaching one to two decades on the job. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; an Excavator Operator with more than 20 years of experience can earn $52K on average.

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Experience Affects Excavator Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

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
33%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 50% dental benefits Dental: 26%
vision benefits Vision: 20% employee benefits None: 49%