A Heavy Equipment Operator earns an average wage of $17.39 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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$24,529 - $75,176
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $42,443
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Heavy Equipment Operator Total Pay (?
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$11.99 - $25.93
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$24,529 - $75,176  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,065  
Profit Sharing
$100.67 - $7,096  
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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$26,580 - $66,072  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,437
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.99 - $25.93  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $4.97  
Overtime
$16.59 - $37.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,065  
   
Profit Sharing
$100.67 - $7,096  
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).
)
$26,580 - $66,072  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,437
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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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Los Angeles
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Boston
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Pittsburgh
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Salt Lake City
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Cincinnati
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Atlanta
0%
National Average
$41,000
Houston
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Charlotte
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Dallas
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Phoenix
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Oklahoma City
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Raleigh
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Little Rock
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Experience Affects Heavy Equipment Operator Salaries

National Average
$41,000

Skills That Affect Heavy Equipment Operator Salaries

backhoe
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Machine Operation
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Equipment Maintenance
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Heavy Equipment Repair
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National Average
$41,000
heavy equipment operator
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Operator
up arrow 2%
Land Surveying
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CDL
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Gender
Female
3%
female alumni
 
Male
97%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
23%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 33%
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