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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 $18.56 per hour in the United States. For the most part, Truck Crane Operators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Although about a fourth lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and just over two-fifths get dental coverage, too. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$31,935 - $98,264
(Median)
$32K
$47K
$98K
MEDIAN: $47,000
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$14.20 - $27.03
(Median)
$14
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $18.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$31,935 - $98,264  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,538  
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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$31,949 - $73,246  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 19
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.20 - $27.03  
   
Overtime
$21.03 - $37.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,538  
   
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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$31,949 - $73,246  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 126
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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. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $40K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $46K. Truck Crane Operators bring in $55K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $57K.

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Experience Affects Truck Crane Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

National Average
$48,000

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
26%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 26%
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