Grader Operator Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Grader Operators in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $16.30 per hour nationwide. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Grader Operators. Although slightly less than a third lack health benefits of any kind, the larger part do enjoy medical insurance, and just under one in three get dental coverage, too.

$27,148 - $61,582
(Median)
$27K
$45K
$62K
MEDIAN: $45,000
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$12.40 - $24.55
(Median)
$12
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$27,148 - $61,582  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,030  
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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$26,544 - $62,850  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 15
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.40 - $24.55  
   
Overtime
$18.85 - $42.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,030  
   
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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$26,544 - $62,850  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 87
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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.

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Grader Operator Tasks

  • 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $32K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $39K. Grader Operators bring in $42K after working for 10 to 20 years. After two decades in the workforce, the average Grader Operator generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $47K.

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Experience Affects Grader Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$39,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 29%
medical benefits
Vision: 22%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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