Men make up the majority of Grader Operators in the United States, bringing in about $18.42 per hour. Although a majority have medical coverage and just under a third have dental coverage, close to a third claim no health benefits at all. Job satisfaction for Grader Operators is high.

$25,073 - $59,598
(Median)
$25K
$42K
$60K
MEDIAN: $42,500
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$13.09 - $29.86
(Median)
$13
$18
$30
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$25,073 - $59,598  
   
Bonus
$1,500  
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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$27,279 - $70,908  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 20
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.09 - $29.86  
   
Overtime
$18.61 - $48.66  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,500  
   
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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$27,279 - $70,908  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 79
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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.


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $33K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $47K. Grader Operators who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $40K. Grader Operators who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $51K.

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Experience Affects Grader Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

National Average
$42,000

Experienced
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 2 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 31%
medical benefits
Vision: 26%
dental benefits
None: 33%
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