Average Construction Equipment Operator Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a Construction Equipment Operator is $19.74.
MEDIAN $19.74
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Hourly Rate
$15 - $29
$300 - $6,850
Profit Sharing
$0 - $2,650
Total Pay
$31,654 - $70,791

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Job Description for Construction Equipment Operator

Construction Equipment Operator Tasks
  • Operate equipment to move supplies and materials, perform tasks, and assist others.
  • Measure and mark work spaces, depths, distances and specifications.
  • Signal other workers to move, adjust and join materials.
  • Clear, clean, and ready construction sites for safe equipment operation.

Career Paths

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Construction Equipment Operator
Heavy Equipment Operator
Equipment Operator
Equipment Operator, Public Works
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Construction Equipment Operator

Skills in Heavy Equipment Operation, Machine Operation, OSHA Compliance, Leadership and Safety Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average.

Pay by Experience Level for Construction Equipment Operator

An early career Construction Equipment Operator with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $17.38 based on 41 salaries. A mid-career Construction Equipment Operator with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $19.32 based on 38 salaries. An experienced Construction Equipment Operator with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $20.46 based on 64 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $22.

Pay Difference by Location

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Employees with Construction Equipment Operator in their job title in Atlanta, Georgia earn an average of 6.1% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Houston, Texas (0.7% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Charlotte, North Carolina (13.9% less).

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