Tower Crane Operator Salary

Men make up the majority of Tower Crane Operators in the United States, bringing in about $28.83 per hour. Most Tower Crane Operators like their work and job satisfaction is high. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, roughly one in four are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by roughly one-half. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$49,068 - $81,869

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$19.55 - $46.54

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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$49,068 - $81,869  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,517  
Total Pay (?
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$42,626 - $123,648  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 11
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$19.55 - $46.54  
   
Overtime
$19.73 - $87.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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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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$42,626 - $123,648  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 65
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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 lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $55K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $70K. Tower Crane Operators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $79K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make about the same as folks in the 10-to-20 year range.

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Experience Affects Tower Crane Operator Salaries

Experienced
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Late-Career
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National Average
$72,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 24%
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