Excavator Operator Salary
Men make up the majority of Excavator Operators in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $20.02 per hour. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Just over a half enjoy medical while just under a third get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to nearly one-fifth. Work is enjoyable for Excavator Operators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
|Salary||$24,432 - $116,933|
|Bonus||$292.33 - $4,949|
|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).)
|$30,949 - $81,839|
|Hourly Rate||$14.35 - $30.85|
|Overtime||$19.81 - $48.90|
|Bonus||$292.33 - $4,949|
|Total Pay (||$30,949 - $81,839|
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.Read More...
The ideal candidate for excavator operator jobs has mechanical aptitude, is in good shape, and has good eyesight. They should be good at working on a team and handling problems in a timely, effective manner. Prospective excavator operators may benefit from formal training, such as high school- or college-level courses in mechanics, computer science or other relevant subjects; additionally, construction equipment operating programs exist. It is possible to become an excavator operator with just a high school diploma or equivalent, but formal training may allow for better job opportunities. A prospective excavator operator also needs to have relevant licensing, as well as a commercial driver's license in some states.
Excavator Operator Tasks
- Operate excavator safely to accomplish specified goals.
- Maintain awareness of site and workers and communicate actions.
- Maintain, confirm condition of excavator and operate within regulations and safety limits.
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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $41K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $46K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $51K in this role. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $54K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.
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