Grader Operator Salary

Male Grader Operators number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $16.30 per hour in the United States. For the most part, Grader Operators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Although a majority have medical coverage and slightly less than a third have dental coverage, just under one in three claim no health benefits at all.

$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.


For Grader Operators, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $32K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $39K on average — a distinctly larger sum. On average, Grader Operators make $42K following one to two decades on the job. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $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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