Mobile Crane Operator Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Mobile Crane Operators in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $22.12 per hour nationwide. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — roughly one in four lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and nearly one-half have dental, too. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$30,304 - $73,089
(Median)
$30K
$40K
$73K
MEDIAN: $40,034
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$14.85 - $32.31
(Median)
$15
$22
$32
MEDIAN: $22.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$30,304 - $73,089  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,093  
Total Pay (?
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$33,436 - $85,464  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 17
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.85 - $32.31  
   
Overtime
$21.55 - $52.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,093  
   
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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$33,436 - $85,464  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 151
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Job Description for Mobile Crane Operator

A mobile crane operator is primarily responsible for operating a traveling crane, which lifts, moves, positions, and repositions loads. This person may travel to various job sites or to various departments within the same job site. Depending on the job, this position may involve work in a warehouse or outdoors, and the shifts may also vary depending on the employer's needs.

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Mobile Crane Operator Tasks

  • Inspect loads for proper handling and maintain equipment as needed.
  • Direct spotters and other support personnel.
  • Operate boom and cable equipment to move loads between vehicles and work site areas.

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Pay by Experience Level for Mobile Crane Operator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $45K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $57K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $53K in this role. Mobile Crane Operators who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $63K.

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Experience Affects Mobile Crane Operator Salaries

Late-Career
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Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

Experienced
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National Average
$53,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 26%
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