Grader Operator Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Grader Operators earn an average of $17.48 per hour. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and nearly one in four collect dental insurance. Most Grader Operators like their work and job satisfaction is high.

$14,597 - $71,015

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$12.78 - $24.39

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$14,597 - $71,015  
   
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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$27,242 - $62,935  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 11
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.78 - $24.39  
   
Overtime
$18.93 - $39.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
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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$27,242 - $62,935  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 73
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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.


For Grader Operators, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $36K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $38K. Grader Operators see a median salary of $43K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Grader Operators who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $45K on average.

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Experience Affects Grader Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

National Average
$40,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

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

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
35%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 27%
vision benefits Vision: 20% employee benefits None: 29%
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