Grader Operator Salary
A sizeable majority of Grader Operators in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $17.90 per hour. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Grader Operators. Some workers in this field — nearly one in three — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a majority and dental plans are enjoyed by more than a third. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Grader Operator
A grader operator is a construction worker who operates a special type of heavy machinery called a grader, which is used to create straight, flat sections of earth; graders can be used, for example, in conducting road construction, leveling parcels of ground for further construction and creating dirt pathways for other machinery needed at the construction site. Graders can also be used to create staging areas for employees to park trucks and other construction equipment while at work. The grader is a driver-controlled piece of machinery that is usually towed to construction areas by flatbed truck. After unloading, the grader operator typically inspects it to ensure that it is sound for operation. Most graders require the operator to ride on top of the grading wheel, operating and steering it like a vehicle. They must be able to complete needed tasks on the grader safely, effectively and efficiently.Read More...
Vocational or on-the-job training in the safe operation of graders is needed in this position. Most grader operators are required to hold some kind of commercial driver's license or special equipment certification to operate this machinery as well. Most grader operators work in the field at construction sites during daylight hours, although some projects may require evening or overnight work as well.
Grader Operator Tasks
- Operate a grader machine and other heavy machinery to prepare roadway surfaces for paving.
- Adhere to all safety procedures, including daily inspection of equipment.
- Clean, repair, maintain, and ensure security of grader machine and other equipment.
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Pay by Experience Level for Grader Operator
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $30K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $47K. For Grader Operators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $39K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $52K.
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