Excavator Operator Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Excavator Operators earn an average of $19.49 per hour. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Slightly more than half report receiving medical coverage from their employers and roughly one in four collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,410 - $71,232

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$13.70 - $29.34

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$30,410 - $71,232  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,575  
Total Pay (?
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$30,856 - $74,393  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 28
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.70 - $29.34  
   
Overtime
$18.20 - $37.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,575  
   
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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$30,856 - $74,393  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 221
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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.


For Excavator Operators, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $38K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $44K. Excavator Operators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $48K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $51K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Excavator Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

National Average
$46,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 22 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
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 53% dental benefits Dental: 27%
vision benefits Vision: 20% employee benefits None: 46%
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