Heavy Machine Operator Salary

Heavy Machine Operators in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $14.62 per hour. Although just under a third lack health benefits of any kind, more than half do enjoy medical insurance, and around half get dental coverage, too. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Heavy Machine Operators. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$23,616 - $100,671
(Median)
$24K
$43K
$100K
MEDIAN: $42,961
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$10.49 - $24.03
(Median)
$10
$15
$24
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$23,616 - $100,671  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,990  
Profit Sharing
$3,500  
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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$23,652 - $64,055  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 48
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.49 - $24.03  
   
Overtime
$14.86 - $35.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,990  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,500  
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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$23,652 - $64,055  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 338
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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 upper-level roles like Heavy Equipment Operator, for which the average compensation is $42K per year.

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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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. The average beginner in this position makes around $30K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $38K. Heavy Machine Operators who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $40K. Heavy Machine Operators who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $46K.

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Experience Affects Heavy Machine Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$35,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Skills That Affect Heavy Machine Operator Salaries

Machine Operation
up arrow 11%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 6%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

National Average
$35,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
medical benefits
Vision: 37%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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