Tower Crane Operator Salary

Men make up the majority of Tower Crane Operators in the United States, bringing in about $28.68 per hour. Compensation ranges between $19.52 per hour and $45.57. For the most part, Tower Crane Operators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and one-fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by around half. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$29,617 - $81,703
(Median)
$30K
$60K
$82K
MEDIAN: $60,000
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90%

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$19.52 - $45.57
(Median)
$20
$29
$46
MEDIAN: $28.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$29,617 - $81,703  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,517  
Total Pay (?
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$41,993 - $120,802  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 12
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.52 - $45.57  
   
Overtime
$19.57 - $67.40  
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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$41,993 - $120,802  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 64
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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. 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. On average, Tower Crane Operators make $78K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $79K on average.

Tower Crane Operator Advice

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Tower Crane Operator in Miami:
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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 14%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$70,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 22%

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
26%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 26%
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