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Tower Crane Operator Salary

Tower Crane Operators in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $29.08 per hour. While some workers in this profession — around one in four — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. The majority of Tower Crane Operators claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$29,882 - $157,072
(Median)
$30K
$61K
$160K
MEDIAN: $61,041
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90%

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$19.54 - $45.66
(Median)
$20
$29
$46
MEDIAN: $29.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$29,882 - $157,072  
   
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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$44,368 - $123,719  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 13
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.54 - $45.66  
   
Overtime
$24.79 - $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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$44,368 - $123,719  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 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.


Tower Crane Operators with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $58K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $71K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $80K in this role. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $90K.

Tower Crane Operator Advice

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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 23%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$73,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 27%
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