Heavy Machine Operator Salary (United States)

A Heavy Machine Operator earns an average wage of $14.79 per hour. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field. For the first five to ten years in this position, wages increase steeply, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay.
Heavy Machine Operator Total Pay (?
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$21,503 - $83,628
(Median)
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59K
84K
MEDIAN: $35,159
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Heavy Machine Operator Total Pay (?
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$10.16 - $23.42
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$21,503 - $83,628  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,492  
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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$22,204 - $61,171  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 255
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.16 - $23.42  
   
Overtime
$12.98 - $33.65  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,492  
   
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).
)
$22,204 - $61,171  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 255
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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.
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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.
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Experience Affects Heavy Machine Operator Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 11%
Mid-Career
up arrow 6%
Late-Career
up arrow 6%
National Average
$34,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Heavy Machine Operator Salaries

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 7%
Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%
Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%
National Average
$34,000
Machine Operation
up arrow 6%
Job Satisfaction
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Gender
Female
9%
female alumni
 
Male
91%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
11%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 30%
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