Overhead Crane Operator Salary

Overhead Crane Operators in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $16.02 per hour. A large number enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to over one-half. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Overhead Crane Operators. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $33K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $39K. Overhead Crane Operators who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $46K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of 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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