Grader Operator Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Grader Operators earn an average of $18.18 per hour. Job satisfaction for Grader Operators is high. Although about one in four lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and more than two-fifths get dental coverage, too.

$25,471 - $65,947
$25K
$45K
$66K
MEDIAN: $45,000
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$12.05 - $31.86
$12
$18
$32
MEDIAN: $18.18
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$25,471 - $65,947  
   
Bonus
$2,000  
Total Pay (?
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$25,647 - $73,247  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 25
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$12.05 - $31.86  
   
Overtime
$15.36 - $59.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$2,000  
   
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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$25,647 - $73,247  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 69

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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

Pay by Experience for a Grader Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Grader Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 23 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Grader Operator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 19 salaries. An experienced Grader Operator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 38 salaries. A Grader Operator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 25 salaries.

Key Stats for Grader Operator

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 7 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
27%
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Experience Affects Grader Operator Salaries

Late-Career
▲24%

Mid-Career
▲15%

National Average
$42,000

Experienced
▼4%

Entry-Level
▼29%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 7 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 43%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
no benefits
None: 27%
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