Truck Crane Operator Salary

A sizeable majority of Truck Crane Operators in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $18.63 per hour. Slightly less than a fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and just under a half claim dental coverage as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Truck Crane Operators. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$31,935 - $98,264

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$14.29 - $27.25

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$31,935 - $98,264  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,505  
Total Pay (?
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$31,737 - $72,904  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 19
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.29 - $27.25  
   
Overtime
$20.88 - $37.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,505  
   
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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$31,737 - $72,904  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 120
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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.


Truck Crane Operators do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $42K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $43K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $55K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Truck Crane Operators with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $59K.

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Experience Affects Truck Crane Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

National Average
$47,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 23%
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