Heavy Machine Operator Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Heavy Machine Operators in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $14.41 per hour nationwide. Although just under one in three lack health benefits of any kind, the greater part do enjoy medical insurance, and a little less than one-half get dental coverage, too. Work is enjoyable for Heavy Machine Operators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$21,455 - $87,886
(Median)
$21K
$40K
$88K
MEDIAN: $40,022
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$10.22 - $24.07
(Median)
$10
$14
$24
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$21,455 - $87,886  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,534  
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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$22,735 - $60,596  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 38
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.22 - $24.07  
   
Overtime
$14.78 - $36.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,534  
   
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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$22,735 - $60,596  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 274
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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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Heavy Machine Operators often transition into Heavy Equipment Operator positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Heavy Equipment Operators earn $42K per year.

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Survey takers who work as Heavy Machine Operators usually report a few specific skills. 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.


For Heavy Machine Operators, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. 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 $36K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $39K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $43K.

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Experience Affects Heavy Machine Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

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 5%

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
44%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 30%
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