Mobile Crane Operator Salary

Men make up the majority of Mobile Crane Operators in the United States, bringing in about $22.44 per hour. Earnings sit near $14.90 per hour on the lower side but can approach $32.58 on the higher side. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, one in four are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by approximately half. Work is enjoyable for Mobile Crane Operators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,100 - $74,190

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$14.90 - $32.58

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$30,100 - $74,190  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,057  
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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$34,043 - $86,808  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 15
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.90 - $32.58  
   
Overtime
$21.83 - $52.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,057  
   
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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$34,043 - $86,808  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 143
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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.


The average beginner in this position makes around $45K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $58K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $56K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $65K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Mobile Crane Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

National Average
$53,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 27%
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