The average rate for a Tower Crane Operator is $27.86 per hour. Most people in this job have more than five years' experience in related jobs.
Tower Crane Operator Total Pay (?
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$29,397 - $159,785
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MEDIAN: $51,204
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Tower Crane Operator Total Pay (?
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$15.67 - $46.92
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MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$29,397 - $159,785  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,020  
Total Pay (?
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$37,480 - $121,185  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 77
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$15.67 - $46.92  
   
Overtime
$21.00 - $78.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,020  
   
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).
)
$37,480 - $121,185  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 77
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Job Description for Tower Crane Operator
Tower crane operators are specialists in the construction industry, as they operate a specific type of equipment. Their job may be very dangerous to themselves and others, so a tower crane operator must be able to pay attention and never be distracted, and must be safety-oriented. These workers aid in building pretty much any structure people would see in their everyday lives.
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Tower Crane Operator Tasks
  • Steer the crane utilizing levers within the control console or remotely via a remote console.
  • Base crane movements upon hand and radio signals from ground supervisor or signaler.
  • Operate tower crane to move large and heavy objects such as construction materials and shipping containers.
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Experience Affects Tower Crane Operator Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$65,000
Mid-Career
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Job Satisfaction
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Gender
Female
7%
female alumni
 
Male
93%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
26%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 23%
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