Tower Crane Operator Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Tower Crane Operators in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $29.07 per hour nationwide. Work is enjoyable for Tower Crane Operators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just over a fifth lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and a little more than half have dental, too. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,882 - $157,072
(Median)
$30K
$61K
$160K
MEDIAN: $61,041
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$19.54 - $45.66
(Median)
$20
$29
$46
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$29,882 - $157,072  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,517  
Total Pay (?
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$42,485 - $123,719  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 13
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.54 - $45.66  
   
Overtime
$19.73 - $66.93  
National Annualized Data (?
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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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$42,485 - $123,719  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 63
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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.


For Tower Crane Operators, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $56K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $71K. Tower Crane Operators see a median salary of $80K after reaching 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.

Tower Crane Operator Advice

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"Huge responsibility."
If you're thinking about becoming a tower crane operator call your local union the international union of operating engineers and join their apprenticeship program.

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Experience Affects Tower Crane Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 10%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$73,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 23%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 9 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 23%
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