Overhead Crane Operator Salary

Overhead Crane Operators in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $15.43 per hour. Most Overhead Crane Operators report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and more than half earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$10.77 - $22.01

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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.77 - $22.01  
   
Overtime
$15.21 - $32.20  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,787  
   
Profit Sharing
$786 - $3,000  
Total Pay (?
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$24,305 - $56,194  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 174
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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.


The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $31K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $35K. On average, Overhead Crane Operators make $44K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn any more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts.

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Experience Affects Overhead Crane Operator Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 28%

Late-Career
up arrow 27%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$35,000

Entry-Level
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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: 51% employee benefits None: 15%
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