Utility Locators in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $14.85 per hour. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by location, but career duration and the particular employer are influential factors as well. Most Utility Locators report high levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — close to a fifth — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and the greater part have dental insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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MEDIAN: $39,289
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Bonus
$302.01 - $2,980  
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$26,573 - $53,049  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 39
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$12.39 - $20.41  
   
Overtime
$18.54 - $29.28  
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$302.01 - $2,980  
   
Total Pay (?
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$26,573 - $53,049  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 292

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Job Description for Utility Locator

A utility locator determines where underground utilities (such as telephone, gas and power lines) should be placed and where existing utilities are located. They often work for utility, consulting and construction companies. Tasks performed by utility locators include reading maps and blueprints to determine where utilities are located, marking the location of existing utilities for future reference, and helping professionals such as utility workers, construction workers and electricians assess utilities' location in case they need to be repaired, modified, expanded or worked around.

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Utility Locator Tasks

  • Identify and map location and depth of utilities such as water, sewer, gas, cable, oil, and electric lines.
  • Document interactions, site information and utilities in organizational software.
  • Communicate with clients, engineers and management.
  • Use a variety of techniques (electrical, magnetic, blueprint analysis, and/or radar) to measure utilities.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Utility Locator


Utility Locators seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at United States Infrastructure Corporation, where the average salary comes to $38K.

Utiliquest, Llc. doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $34K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $44K and scope of pay is rather limited.

Pay by Experience Level for Utility Locator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Utility Locators — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $38K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $34K. Utility Locators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $46K. 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 $49K.

Utility Locator Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Utility Locator?

Utility Locator in Midland:
"High attention to detail."
Pros: Making good money and moving up in a growing company. Being outdoors, conversing with contractors and problem solving.
Cons: Long hours, many driving miles, strict rules, lack of job job security. Being away from family.

Utility Locator in Phoenix:
"Overall Good."
Pros: My job allows for a decent amount of freedom. If you manage your time correctly that is.
Cons: Corporate. I don't have a lot of interaction with the company in a positive way.

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Key Stats for Utility Locator

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 30 votes.
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Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Utility Locator Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$36,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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