Excavator Operator Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Excavator Operators in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $19.45 per hour nationwide. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. A little over a half report receiving medical coverage from their employers and one in four collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Excavator Operators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$33,833 - $71,493
(Median)
$34K
$51K
$71K
MEDIAN: $50,565
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90%

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$13.56 - $29.34
(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
$33,833 - $71,493  
   
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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$30,833 - $74,029  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 26
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.56 - $29.34  
   
Overtime
$18.26 - $37.71  
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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$30,833 - $74,029  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $38K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $45K. Excavator Operators who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $48K. As Excavator Operators reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $52K.

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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 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

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
34%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 53% dental benefits Dental: 27%
vision benefits Vision: 19% employee benefits None: 47%
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