Crane Operator Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Crane Operators in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $24.42 per hour nationwide. Final cash compensation to Crane Operators varies from around $35K to approximately $97K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $17K and $6K, respectively. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by the company and experience level. The majority of Crane Operators claim high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — roughly one in five — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by a majority. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$35,429 - $106,599
$35K
$61K
$110K
MEDIAN: $61,046
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50%
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$14.76 - $35.70
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$24
$36
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$0$106K
Salary $35,429 - $106,599
Bonus $0.00 - $10,130
Profit Sharing $96.09 - $4,637
Commission $2,000
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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$34,525 - $96,084
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 May 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 262
Hourly Data $0$52
Hourly Rate $14.76 - $35.70
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $11.01
Overtime $21.36 - $52.97
Annual Data $0$96K
Bonus $0.00 - $10,130
Commission $2,000
Profit Sharing $96.09 - $4,637
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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$34,525 - $96,084
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 May 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,849

Job Description for Crane Operator

A crane operator uses a crane to lift and move equipment and/or materials around a job site. In addition to the responsibilities associated with the operation of the crane, they must also perform inspections of the equipment before and after its use to ensure it is in working order. These operators must know and follow safety procedures on using the crane and working on job sites. In some positions, being able to plan operational lifts is an important part of the job.

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Crane Operator Tasks

  • Operate a crane to move heavy equipment and cargo.
  • Perform work area housekeeping functions and help with equipment maintenance.
  • Diagnose problems and maintain a variety bulk handling equipment.
  • Work with crews to load and unload heavy items.

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Pay by Experience Level for Crane Operator

Pay by Experience for a Crane Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Crane Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 499 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Crane Operator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 386 salaries. An experienced Crane Operator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 406 salaries. A Crane Operator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $66,000 based on 268 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $57,989

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 45 percent, Crane Operators in Seattle receive some of the highest pay in the country. Crane Operators will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+34 percent), Houston (+19 percent), Chicago (+6 percent), and Orlando (+6 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Cincinnati Crane Operators earning much less — 36 percent less — than the national average. Employers pay around 25 percent less in Milwaukee and 19 percent less in Tampa, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Crane Operator Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Crane Operator?

Crane Operator in Delaware:
"Shown respect."
Pros: Treated like I matter at this job.
Cons: Nothing.

Crane Operator in Houston:
"A highly learned skill that's hands on."
Pros: Watching people smile when I fly a load or my hook to them smooth and wide open.
Cons: Nothing.

Crane Operator in Baltimore:
Pros: I love the fact that my job has very little stress.
Cons: Dealing with racism on a daily basis even though other people act like they don't see it.

Crane Operator in Elberton:
"I like it just nerve wreaking."
Pros: Running heavy equipment.
Cons: Very dangerous.

Crane Operator in Boise:
"Help build a nation."
Pros: I get to build new things on a regular basis.
Cons: Jobs away from home.

Crane Operator in Durham:
"Bad ass."
Pros: Meeting new people, something new all the time, and test your skills on a daily basis.
Cons: Using old equip. Lack of poor maint. By employer.

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Key Stats for Crane Operator

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 210 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
20%

Experience Affects Crane Operator Salaries

▲14%

▲9%

National Average
$58,000

▼1%

▼14%

Skills That Affect Crane Operator Salaries

rigger
▲66%

nccco
▲55%

Certified Crane Operator
▲27%

Heavy Equipment Repair
▲21%

Crane
▲15%


Safety Compliance
▲5%

certified
▲4%


CDL
▼0%

Welder
▼0%

National Average
$58,000

Class A CDL
▼11%

heavy equipment operator
▼23%

Forklift Operator
▼30%

forklift
▼41%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 210 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
no benefits
None: 21%