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Grader Operator Salary

Men make up the majority of Grader Operators in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $17.51 per hour. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. A strong majority enjoy medical while one in four get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to a fifth. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$14,497 - $71,517
(Median)
$14K
$42K
$72K
MEDIAN: $42,500
10%
50%
90%

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$12.73 - $25.19
(Median)
$13
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$14,497 - $71,517  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,521  
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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$27,067 - $71,883  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 10
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.73 - $25.19  
   
Overtime
$18.87 - $39.50  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,521  
   
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).
)
$27,067 - $71,883  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 65

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Job Description for Grader Operator

  • Clean, repair, maintain, and ensure security of grader machine and other equipment.
  • Adhere to all safety procedures, including daily inspection of equipment.
  • Operate a grader machine and other heavy machinery to prepare roadway surfaces for paving.

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Pay by Experience Level for Grader Operator

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


The average inexperienced worker earns $36K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $38K. For Grader Operators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $47K. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $45K on average.

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Experience Affects Grader Operator Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

National Average
$40,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 26%
vision benefits Vision: 20% employee benefits None: 26%