Heavy Machine Operator Salary

Heavy Machine Operators in the United States can expect wages of $15.52 per hour on average. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Heavy Machine Operators who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 86 percent. While slightly less than a third report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and the larger part have dental, as well. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$23,902 - $83,348
$24K
$38K
$83K
MEDIAN: $38,293
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50%
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$11.11 - $23.55
$11
$16
$24
MEDIAN: $15.52
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$0$83K
Salary $23,902 - $83,348
Bonus $202.26 - $9,160
Profit Sharing $4,000
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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$24,326 - $62,848
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 47
Hourly Data $0$34
Hourly Rate $11.11 - $23.55
Hourly Tips $2.00
Overtime $15.98 - $34.46
Annual Data $0$62K
Bonus $202.26 - $9,160
Profit Sharing $4,000
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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$24,326 - $62,848
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 494

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Job Description for Heavy Machine Operator

Heavy machine operators are responsible for operating heavy machinery in a safe and efficient way. They are responsible for ensuring that their machines are cleaned and maintained, and they must report any issues to their supervisors. They also must make sure that they follow all policies and regulations set in place by their employer.

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Heavy Machine Operator Tasks

  • Operate heavy construction machines such as bulldozers, compressors, tractors, and graders.
  • Perform routine maintenance and ensure any needed repairs are made.
  • Follow safety regulations and remove and minimize potential hazards.

Common Career Paths for Heavy Machine Operator


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At the upper end, Heavy Machine Operators who move into a Production Supervisor role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Production Supervisors is a much higher $51K per year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Heavy Machine Operator

Pay by Experience for a Heavy Machine Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Heavy Machine Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 269 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Heavy Machine Operator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 156 salaries. An experienced Heavy Machine Operator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 109 salaries. A Heavy Machine Operator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 39 salaries.

Heavy Machine Operator Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Heavy Machine Operator?

Heavy Machine Operator in Wausau:
"I love my job just dont like how much im getting paid."
Pros: The environment, the people, the gratification of my finished product.
Cons: The pay.

Heavy Machine Operator in San Antonio:
"High level of enjoyment."
Pros: Working alone, every day is different.
Cons: Stressful, long driving hours, traffic.

Heavy Machine Operator in Alvarado:
"Like it."
Pros: Testing towers and welding.
Cons: Lead man don't have respect.

Heavy Machine Operator in Eastville:
"Not bad. Its all the other things that come with it."
Pros: When the boss leaves us alone and when I'm off.
Cons: Not being paid overtime. A lot of times we work from Sun up to Sun down and everyday of the week when the beans are needing to be picked. Picking at night it terrible. The boss makes out like a bandit and we make out broke and tired.

Heavy Machine Operator in Dallas:
Pros: I like working outside taking care the Mother Earth.
Cons: Cold weather is critical.

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Key Stats for Heavy Machine Operator

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 76 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Heavy Machine Operator Salaries

Late-Career
▲26%

Experienced
▲13%

Mid-Career
▲10%

National Average
$37,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Heavy Machine Operator Salaries


Microsoft Office
▲1%

National Average
$37,000

Equipment Maintenance
▼3%

Microsoft Word
▼4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 76 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
no benefits
None: 28%
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