Excavator Operator Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Excavator Operators earn an average of $19.66 per hour. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Although more than half have medical coverage and slightly less than a third have dental coverage, just over two-fifths claim no health benefits at all. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$27,203 - $87,462
(Median)
$27K
$50K
$87K
MEDIAN: $49,637
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$13.91 - $29.72
(Median)
$14
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$30
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$27,203 - $87,462  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,872  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$30,704 - $76,505  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 43
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.91 - $29.72  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.25  
Overtime
$18.50 - $38.68  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,872  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$30,704 - $76,505  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 308
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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 $39K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $45K. For Excavator Operators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $50K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $52K.

Excavator Operator Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Excavator Operator in Dallas:
"Be safe and aware."
All way now your surroundings if there's People and where are those people and take care of the equipment like it's yours.

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Experience Affects Excavator Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$47,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 57%
dental benefits
Dental: 28%
medical benefits
Vision: 22%
dental benefits
None: 42%
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