Truck Crane Operator Salary

Men account for the majority of Truck Crane Operators in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $18.72 per hour. Compensation ranges from $14.68 per hour on the lower end to $27.15 on the higher end. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — roughly a fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and close to one-half receive dental plans. Most Truck Crane Operators are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$31,319 - $99,329
(Median)
$31K
$55K
$99K
MEDIAN: $55,000
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$14.68 - $27.15
(Median)
$15
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$31,319 - $99,329  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,750  
Profit Sharing
$1,977  
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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$32,282 - $71,554  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 16
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.68 - $27.15  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$21.14 - $37.50  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,750  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,977  
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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$32,282 - $71,554  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 129
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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.


Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $44K on average. Interestingly, those who have worked for five to 10 years report receiving a smaller median salary of $41K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Truck Crane Operators make a median salary of $54K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $57K on average.

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Experience Affects Truck Crane Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

National Average
$47,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
medical benefits
Vision: 33%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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