$61,345
Avg. Salary
$24.43
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$2,079

Profit Sharing

$1,464

Commission

$2,000

The average pay for a Crane Operator is $24.43 per hour.

The average pay for a Crane Operator is $61,345 per year.

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$24
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MEDIAN $24
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$109k
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MEDIAN $61,345
$35,493 - $108,629
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MEDIAN: $61,345
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$0$108K
Salary $35,493 - $108,629
Bonus $486 - $10,096
Profit Sharing $98.39 - $6,851
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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$34,343 - $94,130
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Oct 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 264
Hourly Data $0$52
Hourly Rate $14.80 - $35.81
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $7.40
Overtime $21.39 - $52.63
Annual Data $0$94K
Bonus $486 - $10,096
Commission $2,000
Profit Sharing $98.39 - $6,851
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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$34,343 - $94,130
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Oct 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,962

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

48%

21%

-3%

National Average: $57,784

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 Advice

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

Crane Operator in Broward County:
"Do your job well."
Be open, learn your trade, your field and your equipment!

Crane Operator in Houston:
"Boring."
You must have a lot of patience and learn to enjoy reading to pass the time when in between lifts.

Crane Operator in Indianapolis:
"I wish I knew the pay raise scale was small."
Id advise someone to seek an employer that takes care of their employees.

Crane Operator in Orlando:
"I wish work would be fulltime."
SSave your money for slow times.

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 Birmingham:
"Topped out."
Find out if your pay will increase.

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
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 252 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
20%

Experience Affects Crane Operator Salaries

▲14%

▲10%

National Average
$58,000

▼1%

▼13%

Skills That Affect Crane Operator Salaries

rigger
▲67%

nccco
▲55%

Certified Crane Operator
▲27%

Heavy Equipment Repair
▲22%


Crane
▲15%

Safety Compliance
▲5%

certified
▲4%


Welder
▲1%

CDL
▼0%

National Average
$58,000

Class A CDL
▼10%

heavy equipment operator
▼23%

Forklift Operator
▼30%

forklift
▼41%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 252 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
no benefits
None: 22%