Heavy Machine Operator Salary

Earnings for Heavy Machine Operators in the United States come in at around $15.29 per hour on average. Residence and years of experience 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 87 percent. Some workers in this field — just under a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the larger part and dental plans are enjoyed by a little more than half. The majority of Heavy Machine Operators claim high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,138 - $100,167
$24K
$41K
$100K
MEDIAN: $40,612
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50%
90%

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$11.01 - $23.14
$11
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$23
MEDIAN: $15.29
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$24,138 - $100,167  
   
Bonus
$196.78 - $9,787  
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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$24,148 - $62,733  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 43
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.01 - $23.14  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.00  
Overtime
$15.83 - $32.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$196.78 - $9,787  
   
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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$24,148 - $62,733  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 420

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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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Heavy Machine Operators may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Production Supervisor. The latter position pays an average of $51K annually.

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Pay by Experience Level for Heavy Machine Operator

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


Heavy Machine Operators with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $34K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $40K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Heavy Machine Operators make a median salary of $42K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Heavy Machine Operators with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $46K.

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Key Stats for Heavy Machine Operator

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 55 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Heavy Machine Operator Salaries

Late-Career
▲22%

Experienced
▲12%

Mid-Career
▲9%

National Average
$37,000

Entry-Level
▼10%

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 55 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
vision benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 28%
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