Heavy Equipment Operator Salary (United States)

A Heavy Equipment Operator earns an average wage of $17.65 per hour. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Blueprints and backhoe.
Heavy Equipment Operator Total Pay (?
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$25,324 - $74,872
(Median)
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42K
58K
75K
MEDIAN: $42,447
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Heavy Equipment Operator Total Pay (?
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$12.06 - $26.28
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$25,324 - $74,872  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,038  
Profit Sharing
$473.50 - $7,262  
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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$27,023 - $67,764  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,356
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.06 - $26.28  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.17 - $1.87  
Overtime
$16.90 - $38.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,038  
   
Profit Sharing
$473.50 - $7,262  
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).
)
$27,023 - $67,764  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,356
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Job Description for Heavy Equipment Operator

Heavy equipment operators are responsible for operating heavy equipment in a safe and effective manner. "Heavy equipment" may refer to forklifts, tankers, 18-wheel tractor-trailers, excavators or other pieces of machinery. They perform daily safety and maintenance checks on their equipment and perform scheduled cleanings. Additionally, they are responsible for maintaining a clean and presentable workplace, which includes storing heavy equipment safely and securely. Heavy equipment operators frequently work on construction sites and in manufacturing plant-type atmospheres. Operators can work indoors (such as in warehouses) or outdoors, and operators may need to work in extreme weather conditions.
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Heavy Equipment Operator Tasks
  • Clean heavy equipment as scheduled.
  • Perform daily safety and maintenance checks.
  • Maintain a clean and presentable workplace.
  • Operate heavy equipment in a safe and effective manner.
  • Store heavy equipment safely and securely.

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Pay by Experience Level for Heavy Equipment Operator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

Williston
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Seattle
up arrow 24%
Pittsburgh
up arrow 22%
Denver
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Salt Lake City
up arrow 14%
Bakersfield
up arrow 7%
Baltimore
up arrow 6%
Atlanta
up arrow 3%
Houston
up arrow 2%
Nashville
up arrow 1%
National Average
$42,000
Charlotte
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Phoenix
up arrow 7%
Tampa
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Tulsa
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Raleigh
up arrow 21%
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Experience Affects Heavy Equipment Operator Salaries

National Average
$42,000

Skills That Affect Heavy Equipment Operator Salaries

backhoe
up arrow 13%
heavy equipment operator
up arrow 5%
Machine Operation
up arrow 3%
Equipment Maintenance
up arrow 3%
Heavy Equipment Repair
0%
National Average
$42,000
Operator
up arrow 3%
Land Surveying
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CDL
up arrow 15%

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Gender

Female
3%
female alumni
 
Male
97%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 32%
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