Mobile Crane Operator Salary (United States)

Men represent the vast majority of Mobile Crane Operators in the United States. People in this role can an average of earn $21.01 per hour nationwide. Pay ranges from $14.13 per hour on the low end to $31.13 on the higher side. While some workers in this profession—24 percent—do not have any health coverage, most do receive medical benefits and about half have dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Mobile Crane Operators. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Mobile Crane Operator Salary (?
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$29,277 - $71,686
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $40,034
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Mobile Crane Operator Salary (?
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$14.13 - $31.13
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$29,277 - $71,686  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,980  
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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$30,567 - $78,253  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 19
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.13 - $31.13  
   
Overtime
$20.78 - $46.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,980  
   
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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$30,567 - $78,253  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 202
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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.
Salaries can reach $53K from $42K after five to 10 years. Those with one to two decades of experience under their belt tend to see salaries around $53K. Even after two decades, Mobile Crane Operators continue to experience substantial salary development and pay is estimated at $63K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 25 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 1 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 14 percent. More than half of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field.

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Experience Affects Mobile Crane Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%
Mid-Career
up arrow 6%
Experienced
up arrow 4%
National Average
$50,000
Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
3%
female alumni
 
Male
97%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 24%
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