Grader Operator Salary
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. This report is based on answers to 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
- 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.