Equipment Operator, Public Works Salary
Public Works Equipment Operators in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $17.41 per hour. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. The majority of Public Works Equipment Operators claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
|Salary||$23,672 - $53,625|
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|$27,542 - $55,930|
|Hourly Rate||$13.07 - $26.34|
|Overtime||$20.51 - $42.72|
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Job Description for Equipment Operator, Public Works
Equipment operators in public works are responsible for operating equipment and following specific guidelines to complete public works projects on behalf of companies and government agencies.Read More...
These operators control equipment used in public works projects. They must work well on teams with other operators to finish work in a timely manner, but also independently with minimal supervision. They often work at public works sites and wear protective gear to avoid accidents while working; all rules of these work sites must be followed closely to protect all employees from risks of injury. They receive specific training for this equipment and operate it according to specific standards to maximize efficiency and minimize the use of company resources.
These equipment operators are also responsible for maintenance and basic troubleshooting of their equipment. When problems arise, they should be reported to the supervisor of the public works department. Many safety inspections are necessary before starting work, and relevant reports may need to be written. When operating equipment outside, established road patterns should be followed to avoid various hazards and weather conditions.
Those in this position should be able to stand on their feet for several hours and lift heavy objects on a regular basis. Good communication skills are also important to work well with other employees. A high school diploma is required for this position, and prior work experience as an equipment operator is highly beneficial. Operating certificates are also helpful. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
Equipment Operator, Public Works Tasks
- Operate equipment safely to complete tasks like pouring concrete, installing drainage or patching roads.
- Clean, maintain and repair fences, bridges, manholes, drainage and sewer lines.
- Inspect site, add warning signs, and ensure safety of workers and the public while using machinery.
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Pay by Experience Level for Equipment Operator, Public Works
Pay by Experience for an Equipment Operator, Public Works has a positive trend. An entry-level Equipment Operator, Public Works with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 46 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Equipment Operator, Public Works with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 43 salaries. An experienced Equipment Operator, Public Works which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 52 salaries. An Equipment Operator, Public Works with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 20 salaries.
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