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Excavator Operator Salary

A sizeable majority of Excavator Operators in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $19.00 per hour. Work is enjoyable for Excavator Operators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Although approximately half have medical coverage and about a fourth have dental coverage, half claim no health benefits at all. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
$29,696 - $71,739
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $48,795
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$12.36 - $29.36
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$29,696 - $71,739  
   
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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$29,142 - $73,009  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 21
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.36 - $29.36  
   
Overtime
$15.65 - $36.91  
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 - $3,575  
   
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).
)
$29,142 - $73,009  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 162
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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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $36K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $46K. Excavator Operators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $47K. 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 $50K on average.

Experience Affects Excavator Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$44,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 50% dental benefits Dental: 26%
vision benefits Vision: 21% employee benefits None: 49%