A sizeable majority of Mobile Crane Operators in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $23.43 per hour. Although a fair number have medical coverage and slightly less than half have dental coverage, nearly one in four claim no health benefits at all. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,234 - $119,195
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MEDIAN: $62,510
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$14.58 - $34.03
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$35,234 - $119,195  
   
Bonus
$1,500  
Profit Sharing
$1,965  
Total Pay (?
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$33,385 - $96,598  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 30
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$14.58 - $34.03  
   
Hourly Tips
$10.71  
Overtime
$18.12 - $58.85  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,500  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,965  
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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$33,385 - $96,598  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 126

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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

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

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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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $47K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $59K. Mobile Crane Operators bring in $60K after working for 10 to 20 years. After two decades in the workforce, the average Mobile Crane Operator generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $66K.

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Key Stats for Mobile Crane Operator

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 17 votes.
030
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Mobile Crane Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$57,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Mobile Crane Operator Salaries

crane operator
up arrow 35%

National Average
$57,000

Safety Compliance
up arrow 35%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 47%
vision benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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