Tower Crane Operator Salary

Male Tower Crane Operators number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $32.53 per hour in the United States. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — nearly one in four lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and a majority have dental, too. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,447 - $98,845
$24K
$57K
$99K
MEDIAN: $57,174
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50%
90%

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$19.61 - $45.40
$20
$33
$45
MEDIAN: $32.53
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$0$110K
Salary $24,447 - $98,845
Bonus $5,003
Total Pay (?
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$40,095 - $110,464
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 27
Hourly Data $0$68
Hourly Rate $19.61 - $45.40
Overtime $26.43 - $68.37
Annual Data $0$110K
Bonus $5,003
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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$40,095 - $110,464
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 93

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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

Pay by Experience for a Tower Crane Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Tower Crane Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 48 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Tower Crane Operator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 42 salaries. An experienced Tower Crane Operator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 45 salaries. A Tower Crane Operator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $87,000 based on 22 salaries.

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

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Tower Crane Operator Salaries

Late-Career
▲23%

Mid-Career
▲6%

Experienced
▲2%

National Average
$71,000

Entry-Level
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 44%
no benefits
None: 24%
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