Men account for the majority of Mobile Crane Operators in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $23.81 per hour. While some workers in this profession — roughly a fourth — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and slightly less than one-half have dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Mobile Crane Operators. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$34,431 - $121,641
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$34K
$59K
$120K
MEDIAN: $58,958
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$14.57 - $34.24
(Median)
$15
$24
$34
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$34,431 - $121,641  
   
Bonus
$3.07 - $7,096  
Profit Sharing
$1,965  
Total Pay (?
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$33,834 - $91,638  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 27
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.57 - $34.24  
   
Hourly Tips
$10.71  
Overtime
$17.82 - $52.66  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$3.07 - $7,096  
   
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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$33,834 - $91,638  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 112
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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.


For Mobile Crane Operators, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $48K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $59K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $61K in this role. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

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Experience Affects Mobile Crane Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 9%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$56,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 13 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 47%
medical benefits
Vision: 39%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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