Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Overhead Crane Operators earn an average of $16.14 per hour. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$23,315 - $79,739
$23K
$49K
$80K
MEDIAN: $48,795
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50%
90%

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$11.80 - $24.73
$12
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$23,315 - $79,739  
   
Bonus
$-0.50 - $19,727  
Profit Sharing
$800  
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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$24,964 - $61,023  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 11
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.80 - $24.73  
   
Overtime
$15.96 - $40.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$-0.50 - $19,727  
   
Profit Sharing
$800  
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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$24,964 - $61,023  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 175

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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

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

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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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $35K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $42K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Overhead Crane Operators who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $47K. Overhead Crane Operators who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $48K on average.

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Key Stats for Overhead Crane Operator

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 27 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Overhead Crane Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 23%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$38,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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