Mobile Crane Operator Salary

Men make up the majority of Mobile Crane Operators in the United States, bringing in about $23.00 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $14.51 per hour and $32.74. Some workers in this field — about one in four — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by slightly more than half. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,521 - $73,268
(Median)
$31K
$42K
$73K
MEDIAN: $42,000
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$14.51 - $32.74
(Median)
$15
$23
$33
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$30,521 - $73,268  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,108  
Profit Sharing
$1,900  
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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$33,994 - $81,495  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 19
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.51 - $32.74  
   
Overtime
$20.23 - $53.32  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,108  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,900  
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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$33,994 - $81,495  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $44K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $58K. On average, Mobile Crane Operators make $58K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $68K.

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Experience Affects Mobile Crane Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 25%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Experienced
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National Average
$54,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
medical benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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