Excavator Operator Salary

Male Excavator Operators number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $19.41 per hour in the United States. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Excavator Operators report high levels of job satisfaction. A little more than half enjoy medical while nearly one in four get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just under a fifth. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$33,619 - $71,322
(Median)
$34K
$50K
$71K
MEDIAN: $50,019
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90%

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$13.50 - $29.47
(Median)
$14
$19
$29
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$33,619 - $71,322  
   
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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$30,660 - $74,252  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 25
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.50 - $29.47  
   
Overtime
$18.17 - $37.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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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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$30,660 - $74,252  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 217
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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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $38K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $44K. Excavator Operators see a median salary of $47K 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 13%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

National Average
$46,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

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
16%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 52% dental benefits Dental: 26%
vision benefits Vision: 19% employee benefits None: 47%
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