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Truck Crane Operator Salary

Male Truck Crane Operators number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $18.22 per hour in the United States. Although just under a fourth lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and a little less than half get dental coverage, too. Most Truck Crane Operators are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
$33,473 - $97,871
(Median)
33K
51K
63K
98K
MEDIAN: $50,675
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$14.16 - $25.58
(Median)
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26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$33,473 - $97,871  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,515  
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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$31,948 - $69,887  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 20
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.16 - $25.58  
   
Overtime
$21.15 - $36.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,515  
   
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).
)
$31,948 - $69,887  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 133
United States (change)

Job Description for Truck Crane Operator

Truck crane operator positions are commonly found in the shipping and construction industries, though there are many other companies that hire individuals for this position as well. This job typically involves operating a specific piece of equipment, using it to efficiently load and unload cargo and/or other materials. There are many entry-level openings for truck crane operators, and this position usually requires a high school diploma or equivalent; some positions require a valid commercial driver’s license as well, and different states have different regulations and qualifications for these positions. As far as specific knowledge, most companies require extensive preliminary training, as those without experience will need to learn how to use the tools and equipment.

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Truck Crane Operator Tasks

  • Work with control console to operate crane safely and effectively.
  • Effectively communicate with other team members to receive direction, either through microphone or hand signals.
  • Operate tower crane to move building materials from ground-level to top of buildings or vice versa.

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Pay by Experience Level for Truck Crane Operator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $39K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $45K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $53K. Truck Crane Operators with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $55K.

Experience Affects Truck Crane Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

National Average
$48,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 23%