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Heavy Machine Operator Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Heavy Machine Operators earn an average of $14.70 per hour. While just under a third report receiving no health benefits, the larger part do receive medical coverage, and just under a half have dental, as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
$20,953 - $83,628
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MEDIAN: $32,435
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$10.27 - $23.48
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$20,953 - $83,628  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,500  
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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$22,505 - $60,342  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 36
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.27 - $23.48  
   
Overtime
$13.71 - $34.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,500  
   
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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$22,505 - $60,342  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 222
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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

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

Common Career Paths for Heavy Machine Operator


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For Heavy Machine Operators, career progression typically leads to a rather large increase in compensation. On average, an upper-level role like a Heavy Equipment Operator will earn $42K annually.

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Typical Heavy Machine Operators report a focused set of job skills. Microsoft Office and Microsoft Word are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 7 percent and 5 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Heavy Machine Operator

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $30K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $35K. For Heavy Machine Operators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $38K. As Heavy Machine Operators reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $42K.

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Experience Affects Heavy Machine Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$34,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Heavy Machine Operator Salaries

Microsoft Office
up arrow 7%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 5%

National Average
$34,000

Machine Operation
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 31%