Excavator Operator Salary
Men represent the vast majority of Excavator Operators in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $19.91 per hour nationwide. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. While some workers in this profession — just over two-fifths — do not have any health coverage, the larger part do receive medical benefits and just under a third have dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Excavator Operators, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $41K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $45K on average. For Excavator Operators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $50K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $53K.