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 $21.74 per hour nationwide. Job satisfaction for Mobile Crane Operators is high. Although close to one-fourth lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and nearly one-half get dental coverage, too. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$30,100 - $72,553
(Median)
$30K
$40K
$73K
MEDIAN: $40,034
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90%

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$14.96 - $31.03
(Median)
$15
$22
$31
MEDIAN: $21.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$30,100 - $72,553  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,015  
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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$33,684 - $82,914  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 15
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.96 - $31.03  
   
Overtime
$21.78 - $47.78  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,015  
   
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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$33,684 - $82,914  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 155

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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.


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $44K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $55K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $52K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $64K on average.

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Experience Affects Mobile Crane Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Experienced
up arrow 1%

National Average
$52,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 24%