Men represent the vast majority of Truck Crane Operators in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $20.00 per hour nationwide. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. Health benefits are not claimed by all — slightly less than a third lack any form of coverage — but a majority have medical insurance, and one-half have dental, too. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$36,000 - $51,923
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$43K
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MEDIAN: $43,139
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$15.07 - $28.71
(Median)
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$29
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$43,139  
   
Bonus
$2,500  
Profit Sharing
$500  
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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$33,526 - $68,164  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 9
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$15.07 - $28.71  
   
Overtime
$22.39 - $38.45  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$2,500  
   
Profit Sharing
$500  
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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$33,526 - $68,164  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 119
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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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $46K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $44K. Truck Crane Operators see a median salary of $54K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Truck Crane Operators who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $55K on average.

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Experience Affects Truck Crane Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

National Average
$48,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
medical benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 28%
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