Heavy Machine Operator Salary

An average Heavy Machine Operator in the United States can expect to take home roughly $15.49 per hour. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Heavy Machine Operators is high. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 86 percent of Heavy Machine Operators are male. Although just under one in three lack health benefits of any kind, a majority do enjoy medical insurance, and a little over a half get dental coverage, too. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,213 - $100,000
$24K
$41K
$100K
MEDIAN: $40,976
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50%
90%

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$11.13 - $23.08
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MEDIAN: $15.49
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$24,213 - $100,000  
   
Bonus
$196.27 - $9,863  
Profit Sharing
$7,000  
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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$24,596 - $63,005  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 44
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.13 - $23.08  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.00  
Overtime
$15.85 - $33.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$196.27 - $9,863  
   
Profit Sharing
$7,000  
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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$24,596 - $63,005  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 428

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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

  • Operate heavy construction machines such as bulldozers, compressors, tractors, and graders.
  • Perform routine maintenance and ensure any needed repairs are made.
  • Follow safety regulations and remove and minimize potential hazards.

Common Career Paths for Heavy Machine Operator


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As Heavy Machine Operators transition into upper-level roles such as Production Supervisor, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Production Supervisors earn $51K on average per year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Heavy Machine Operator

Pay by Experience for a Heavy Machine Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Heavy Machine Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 269 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Heavy Machine Operator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 156 salaries. An experienced Heavy Machine Operator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 109 salaries. A Heavy Machine Operator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 39 salaries.

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Key Stats for Heavy Machine Operator

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 59 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Heavy Machine Operator Salaries

Late-Career
▲25%

Experienced
▲12%

Mid-Career
▲9%

National Average
$37,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Heavy Machine Operator Salaries


Microsoft Office
▼0%

National Average
$37,000

Equipment Maintenance
▼4%

Microsoft Word
▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
no benefits
None: 30%
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