The average hourly pay for an Early-Career Excavator Operator in Australia is AU$27.86.
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Job Description for Excavator Operator
An excavator operator operates heavy machinery to move materials and clear ground, digging holes and trenches to prepare sites for construction. They may also be required to occasionally perform maintenance on the machines. A typical day for an excavator operator is often spent on a construction site in conditions that can be unpredictable and/or extreme; for example, there may be heat, cold, dust, and noise. However, most machines have air-conditioned, soundproof cabs that may make work more c…Read more
Excavator Operator Tasks
- Operate excavator safely to accomplish specified goals.
- Maintain awareness of site and workers and communicate actions.
- Maintain, confirm condition of excavator and operate within regulations and safety limits.
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Popular Skills for Excavator Operator
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Skills in Machine Operation, Heavy Equipment Operation and Safety Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include OSHA Compliance and Equipment Maintenance.
Pay by Experience Level for Excavator Operator
An entry-level Excavator Operator with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of AU$25.25 based on 5 salaries. A mid-career Excavator Operator with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of AU$29.81 based on 166 salaries. An experienced Excavator Operator with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of AU$30.50 based on 182 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of AU$31.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with Excavator Operator in their job title in Perth, Western Australia earn an average of 6.5% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Sydney, New South Wales (4.2% more) and Brisbane, Queensland (0.6% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Newcastle, New South Wales (8.5% less) and Adelaide, South Australia (7.1% less).
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