Male Front End Loader Operators number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $14.95 per hour in the United States. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. While some workers in this profession — just under a third — do not have any health coverage, a majority do receive medical benefits and approximately half have dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Front End Loader Operators is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$23,480 - $67,000
$23K
$41K
$67K
MEDIAN: $41,171
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50%
90%

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$10.96 - $20.74
$11
$15
$21
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$23,480 - $67,000  
   
Bonus
$1.50 - $3,500  
Profit Sharing
$400.00  
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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$25,062 - $54,254  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 24
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.96 - $20.74  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.06  
Overtime
$15.14 - $30.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$1.50 - $3,500  
   
Profit Sharing
$400.00  
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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$25,062 - $54,254  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 462

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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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Many Front End Loader Operators advance into a slightly higher-paying Heavy Equipment Operator position. Average compensation for Heavy Equipment Operators is $42K.

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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, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $32K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $35K. Front End Loader Operators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $41K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $48K on average.

Front End Loader Operator Advice

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

Front End Loader Operator in Visalia:
"That pay would be the same even if you knew."
Work hard and safe follow all precautions and obey your supervisors.

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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Key Stats for Front End Loader Operator

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 56 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Front End Loader Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 37%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$35,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Front End Loader Operator Salaries

Loader Operator
up arrow 22%

Plant Maintenance
up arrow 19%

Heavy Equipment Repair
up arrow 5%

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

heavy equipment operator
up arrow 1%

National Average
$35,000

ETL (Extract, transform, load)
up arrow 9%

Safety Compliance
up arrow 12%

Machine Operation
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 56 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
vision benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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