A Heavy Equipment Operator earns an average wage of AU$27.47 per hour. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.

AU$49,435 - AU$141,034
AU$49K
AU$86K
AU$140K
MEDIAN: AU$85,883
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50%
90%
AU$22.38 - AU$37.15
AU$22
AU$27
AU$37
MEDIAN: AU$27.49
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50%
90%
AU$0AU$141K
Salary AU$49,435 - AU$141,034
Bonus AU$964 - AU$11,335
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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AU$47,612 - AU$99,969
  • Country: Australia
  • Currency: AUD
  • Updated: 13 Jan 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 114
Hourly Data AU$0AU$58
Hourly Rate AU$22.38 - AU$37.15
Overtime AU$31.52 - AU$58.50
Annual Data AU$0AU$99K
Bonus AU$964 - AU$11,335
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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AU$47,612 - AU$99,969
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: AUD
  • Updated: 13 Jan 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 472

Job Description for Heavy Equipment Operator

A heavy equipment operator is a construction worker who is specifically tasked with the safe and efficient operations of heavy machinery, such as loaders, dump trucks, backhoes, and graders. The heavy equipment operator ensures that the machinery he or she is about to use is in good working order, and then follows all relevant procedures and protocols while using it. The operator may be asked to provide input into the way some equipment is used on a site, and is required to report any noticed anomalies in operation to a construction manager or equipment repair foreperson. The operator also typically assists with any loading or unloading of the equipment from flatbed trucks or trains.

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Heavy Equipment Operator Tasks

  • Operate heavy equipment in a safe and effective manner.
  • Store heavy equipment safely and securely.
  • Maintain a clean and presentable workplace.
  • Clean heavy equipment as scheduled.
  • Perform daily safety and maintenance checks.

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Pay by Experience Level for Heavy Equipment Operator

Pay by Experience for a Heavy Equipment Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Heavy Equipment Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of AU$59,000 based on 255 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Heavy Equipment Operator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of AU$63,000 based on 240 salaries. An experienced Heavy Equipment Operator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of AU$64,000 based on 180 salaries. A Heavy Equipment Operator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of AU$64,000 based on 90 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: AU$61,457

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Q: What is it like working as a Heavy Equipment Operator?

Heavy Equipment Operator in Mackay:
Pros:
Cons: No holidays or sick leave.

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Key Stats for Heavy Equipment Operator

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 7 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
15%

Experience Affects Heavy Equipment Operator Salaries

▲4%

▲4%

▲2%

National Average
AU$61,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Heavy Equipment Operator Salaries

▲2%


National Average
AU$61,000


Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 7 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 10%
dental benefits
Dental: 2%
vision benefits
Vision: 4%
no benefits
None: 89%