Excavator Operator Salary
A sizeable majority of Excavator Operators in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $20.19 per hour. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction for Excavator Operators is high. Just over two-fifths of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a majority report medical coverage and just under one in three claim dental coverage as well.
|Salary||$24,179 - $121,855|
|Bonus||$100.67 - $4,894|
|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).)
|$30,532 - $84,817|
|Hourly Rate||$14.36 - $33.08|
|Overtime||$20.10 - $49.62|
|Bonus||$100.67 - $4,894|
|Total Pay (||$30,532 - $84,817|
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
- 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
Pay by Experience for an Excavator Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Excavator Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 112 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Excavator Operator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 120 salaries. An experienced Excavator Operator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 156 salaries. An Excavator Operator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $54,000 based on 82 salaries.
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