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 $31.29 per hour. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, close to one-fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by a majority. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$26,000 - $98,531
$26K
$59K
$99K
MEDIAN: $58,975
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50%
90%

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$19.67 - $45.52
$20
$31
$46
MEDIAN: $31.29
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$26,000 - $98,531  
   
Bonus
$4,898  
Total Pay (?
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$40,934 - $107,562  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 29
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.67 - $45.52  
   
Overtime
$15.17 - $69.35  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$4,898  
   
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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$40,934 - $107,562  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 87

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Job Description for Tower Crane Operator

Tower crane operators are specialists in the construction industry who operate a specific piece of heavy machinery that lifts, transports and moves construction equipment and materials all over their construction site. These materials are needed to build concrete foundations, floors, walls, decks, roofs and other parts of high-rise buildings and other multistory structures. Tower crane operators must adhere to established load limits for their crane, control crane movement as instructed by their supervisors or signalers, and understand specific hand signals and/or instructions given to them via radio. They must also be able to operate crane using remote controls or remote consoles, as well as ensure their cranes are regularly inspected to promote safe use.

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Tower Crane Operator Tasks

  • Operate tower crane to move large and heavy objects such as construction materials and shipping containers.
  • Base crane movements upon hand and radio signals from ground supervisor or signaler.
  • Steer the crane utilizing levers within the control console or remotely via a remote console.

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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.


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $59K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $77K. Tower Crane Operators see a median salary of $71K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $86K.

Tower Crane Operator Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Tower Crane Operator?

Tower Crane Operator in Miami:
"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.

Key Stats for Tower Crane Operator

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Tower Crane Operator Salaries

Late-Career
▲26%

Mid-Career
▲13%

Experienced
▲5%

National Average
$68,000

Entry-Level
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
vision benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 27%
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