Overhead Crane Operator Salary
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.
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.Read More...
Although there are no strict educational requirements for this position, some employers prefer that overhead crane operators have at least a high school diploma or GED, and vocational/technical training certificates may be beneficial. They are generally required to have a valid driver's license and working knowledge of computers and relevant programs, as well as pass background/drug tests.
Overhead crane operators must be safety-conscious, mechanically inclined, and able to troubleshoot minor issues related to the crane they are using and its equipment. Some may be required to travel to attend various workshops or visit equipment manufacturers’ locations to learn how to operate new cranes. In all cases, they must strictly follow safety procedures and guidelines established by their employers and relevant government agencies.
Crane operators and their employers must adhere to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rules and regulations and be comfortable working in a diverse team environment. Some may also be required to train new overhead crane operators.
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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