Front End Loader Operator Salary

Men make up the majority of Front End Loader Operators in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $14.69 per hour. Pay ranges from $10.69 per hour on the low end to $20.75 on the high end. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Front End Loader Operators claim high levels of job satisfaction. Although nearly one-third lack health benefits of any kind, more than half do enjoy medical insurance, and a little less than one-half get dental coverage, too. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$23,886 - $72,265
(Median)
$24K
$41K
$72K
MEDIAN: $40,827
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$10.69 - $20.75
(Median)
$11
$15
$21
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$23,886 - $72,265  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,229  
Profit Sharing
$300.00  
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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$24,486 - $53,067  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 33
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.69 - $20.75  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$14.78 - $29.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,229  
   
Profit Sharing
$300.00  
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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$24,486 - $53,067  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 452
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Job Description for Front End Loader Operator

A front end loader operator is a heavy equipment operator who is usually found on demolition or roadway construction team. Quarries and general contractors also use dedicated personnel to work as operators for this machinery. Individuals in this field of work typically work outdoors and under the direction of a construction foreman or team leader.

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Front End Loader Operator Tasks

  • Follow safety procedures, including weight limits, and communicate with other staff.
  • Maintain and service vehicles regularly.
  • Operate industrial vehicles to transport materials for production.

Common Career Paths for Front End Loader Operator


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Front End Loader Operators may enjoy increased earnings if they become Heavy Equipment Operators. This seems to be a popular career move, and Heavy Equipment Operator earn a slightly higher median of $42K annually.

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Front End Loader Operators typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Safety Compliance and heavy equipment operator are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Heavy equipment operator, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Front End Loader Operator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Front End Loader Operators, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $32K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $35K. Front End Loader Operators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $40K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $43K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Front End Loader Operator Reviews

What is it like working as a Front End Loader Operator?

Front End Loader Operator in Lorain:
"Stressful but challenging."
Pros: The group of people who I work with, the schedule of worked hours, & the fact that there is always something to do.
Cons: The pay, the favoritism, and no room for advancement.

Front End Loader Operator in Waxahachie:
"Work Conditions."
Pros: I enjoy the challenge of my position. Executing tasks and projects in a timely and professional manner gives me a great sense of achievement.
Cons: Too much chaos. Very unorganized management due to communication. Equipment is outdated and faulty. Very unsafe job practices.

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Experience Affects Front End Loader Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

National Average
$35,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Front End Loader Operator Salaries

Safety Compliance
up arrow 6%

National Average
$35,000

heavy equipment operator
up arrow 23%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 86 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 63%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
medical benefits
Vision: 38%
dental benefits
None: 34%
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