Tower Crane Operator Salary

Men account for the majority of Tower Crane Operators in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $28.94 per hour. While some workers in this profession — one-fourth — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and nearly one-half have dental insurance. For the most part, Tower Crane Operators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,397 - $159,785
(Median)
$29K
$61K
$160K
MEDIAN: $61,041
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90%

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$17.24 - $45.07
(Median)
$17
$29
$45
MEDIAN: $28.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$29,397 - $159,785  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,517  
Total Pay (?
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$42,095 - $125,258  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 11
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.24 - $45.07  
   
Overtime
$24.18 - $66.93  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,517  
   
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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$42,095 - $125,258  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 60

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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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Pay by Experience Level for Tower Crane Operator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Tower Crane Operators who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $58K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $71K. For Tower Crane Operators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $81K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $92K.

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Experience Affects Tower Crane Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

National Average
$73,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 26%