Heavy Machine Operator Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Heavy Machine Operators in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $14.36 per hour nationwide. Most Heavy Machine Operators report high levels of job satisfaction. While just under a third report receiving no health benefits, a majority do receive medical coverage, and slightly less than one-half have dental, as well. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$21,455 - $87,886
(Median)
$21K
$40K
$88K
MEDIAN: $40,022
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90%

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$10.22 - $24.07
(Median)
$10
$14
$24
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$21,455 - $87,886  
   
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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$22,735 - $60,311  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 38
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.22 - $24.07  
   
Overtime
$14.78 - $35.66  
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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$22,735 - $60,311  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 274
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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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Job skills reported by Heavy Machine Operators are limited. Microsoft Office and Microsoft Word are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 11 percent and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate 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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $29K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $36K. Heavy Machine Operators who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $39K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $43K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects Heavy Machine Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$34,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Heavy Machine Operator Salaries

Microsoft Office
up arrow 11%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 6%

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
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

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