Overhead Crane Operator Salary

Overhead Crane Operators in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $15.37 per hour. Most enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to half. Job satisfaction for Overhead Crane Operators is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$10.75 - $21.84
(Median)
$11
$15
$22
MEDIAN: $15.00
10%
50%
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.75 - $21.84  
   
Overtime
$15.13 - $31.69  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,851  
   
Profit Sharing
$786 - $3,000  
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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$24,260 - $55,612  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 172
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Job Description for Overhead Crane Operator

Overhead crane operators generally work outside for construction companies or inside for warehouses, and are responsible for operating overhead cranes using remote-controlled equipment to transport goods. They are required to wear various safety gear, such as protective clothing, hard hats, special shoes, etc. Those who work at construction sites must be able to tolerate various weather conditions and be physically fit, as their work involves manual labor.

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Overhead Crane Operator Tasks

  • Maintain crane and associated equipment, following all safety procedures.
  • Safely transport goods to their destination.
  • Operate single and double hoist overhead cranes.

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Pay by Experience Level for Overhead Crane Operator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $31K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $35K. Overhead Crane Operators bring in $44K after working for 10 to 20 years. Overhead Crane Operators who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

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Experience Affects Overhead Crane Operator Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 28%

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$35,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 15%
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