Tower Crane Operator Salary

Male Tower Crane Operators number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $31.26 per hour in the United States. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, nearly one in four are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by more than half. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$25,447 - $99,004
$25K
$59K
$99K
MEDIAN: $58,754
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50%
90%

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$19.46 - $45.25
$19
$31
$45
MEDIAN: $31.26
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$25,447 - $99,004  
   
Bonus
$4,898  
Total Pay (?
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$41,187 - $110,723  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 26
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.46 - $45.25  
   
Overtime
$15.30 - $68.28  
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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$41,187 - $110,723  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 92

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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

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
19%
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Experience Affects Tower Crane Operator Salaries

Late-Career
▲25%

Mid-Career
▲7%

Experienced
▲3%

National Average
$70,000

Entry-Level
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

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

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
vision benefits
Vision: 46%
no benefits
None: 27%