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Heavy Machine Operator Salary

Men account for the majority of Heavy Machine Operators in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $14.58 per hour. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Some workers in this field — just under one in three — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a majority and dental plans are enjoyed by slightly less than one-half. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$21,305 - $88,494
(Median)
$21K
$36K
$88K
MEDIAN: $36,450
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90%

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$10.27 - $24.11
(Median)
$10
$15
$24
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$21,305 - $88,494  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,023  
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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$22,747 - $60,935  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 37
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.27 - $24.11  
   
Overtime
$14.76 - $36.74  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,023  
   
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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$22,747 - $60,935  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 252

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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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Many Heavy Machine Operators move into a Heavy Equipment Operator role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $42K per year.

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Survey takers who work as 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 9 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, 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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $30K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $36K. Heavy Machine Operators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $39K. As Heavy Machine Operators reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $43K.

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Experience Affects Heavy Machine Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 25%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$34,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Heavy Machine Operator Salaries

Microsoft Office
up arrow 9%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 4%

National Average
$34,000

Machine Operation
up arrow 6%

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
19%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

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