The average hourly pay for a Construction Equipment Operator is $19.74.
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Job Description for Construction Equipment Operator
From structures to transportation networks to excavation, many large construction jobs require the assistance of heavy construction equipment, which may range from vehicles such as bulldozers and backhoes to large cranes. Construction equipment operators are responsible for operating this machinery as directed by the contractor or work site manager. Because this heavy equipment is often complicated to use and requires extensive experience to achieve proficiency, equipment operators are …Read more
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.
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Popular Skills for Construction Equipment Operator
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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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