Overhead Crane Operator Salary

Men make up the majority of Overhead Crane Operators in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $16.02 per hour. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Overhead Crane Operators is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$11.07 - $22.93
(Median)
$11
$16
$23
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.07 - $22.93  
   
Overtime
$14.97 - $32.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,152  
   
Profit Sharing
$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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$24,785 - $56,630  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 197
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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.


For Overhead Crane Operators, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $33K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $39K. Overhead Crane Operators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $46K. Overhead Crane Operators who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $47K.

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Experience Affects Overhead Crane Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%

Experienced
up arrow 26%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$36,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
medical benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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