Truck Crane Operator Salary

Men make up the majority of Truck Crane Operators in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $18.45 per hour. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — close to a fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and just over two-fifths receive dental plans. For the most part, Truck Crane Operators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$33,250 - $98,264
(Median)
$33K
$50K
$98K
MEDIAN: $49,910
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90%

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$13.99 - $25.85
(Median)
$14
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$33,250 - $98,264  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,991  
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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$31,890 - $71,418  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 19
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.99 - $25.85  
   
Overtime
$20.93 - $36.67  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,991  
   
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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$31,890 - $71,418  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 130

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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.


For Truck Crane Operators, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $40K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $46K. Truck Crane Operators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $55K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $56K.

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Experience Affects Truck Crane Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

National Average
$47,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 44%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 25%