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Heavy Machine Operator Salary

Heavy Machine Operators in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $14.56 per hour. Most Heavy Machine Operators like their work and job satisfaction is high. Just under one in three of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than half report medical coverage and a little less than one-half claim dental coverage as well. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$20,910 - $84,567
(Median)
$21K
$35K
$85K
MEDIAN: $35,159
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90%

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$10.29 - $24.08
(Median)
$10
$15
$24
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$20,910 - $84,567  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,018  
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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$22,725 - $60,494  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 34
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.29 - $24.08  
   
Overtime
$14.73 - $37.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,018  
   
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).
)
$22,725 - $60,494  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 239

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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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Advancing into a Heavy Equipment Operator role seems to be a popular career move for Heavy Machine Operators, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $42K per year.

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Professional skills reported by Heavy Machine Operators are few in number. Microsoft Office and Microsoft Word are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 11 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Machine Operation.

Pay by Experience Level for Heavy Machine Operator

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


Heavy Machine Operators do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average beginner in this position makes around $29K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $35K. For Heavy Machine Operators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $39K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $42K.

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Experience Affects Heavy Machine Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$34,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Heavy Machine Operator Salaries

Microsoft Office
up arrow 11%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 5%

National Average
$34,000

Machine Operation
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 40 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 31%