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 $14.45 per hour. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by around half. 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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$24,240 - $100,671

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$10.33 - $24.06

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$24,240 - $100,671  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,553  
Total Pay (?
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$23,187 - $60,974  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 38
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.33 - $24.06  
   
Overtime
$14.79 - $35.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,553  
   
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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$23,187 - $60,974  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 275
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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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Advancing into a Heavy Equipment Operator role seems to be a popular career move for Heavy Machine Operators, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger 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.


For many Heavy Machine Operators, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $30K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $36K. Heavy Machine Operators bring in $40K after working for 10 to 20 years. Heavy Machine Operators who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $44K.

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Experience Affects Heavy Machine Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 30%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

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 7%

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
43%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 29%
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