Equipment Operator Salary

Men account for the majority of Equipment Operators in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $17.16 per hour. Cash earnings for Equipment Operators — which occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $5K from profit sharing — stretch from around $26K to approximately $70K. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and years of experience are driving factors as well. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and one-fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by a majority. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$25,598 - $78,671
$26K
$45K
$79K
MEDIAN: $44,912
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50%
90%

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$12.12 - $26.42
$12
$17
$26
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$0$78K
Salary $25,598 - $78,671
Bonus $195.74 - $9,839
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $5,918
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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$26,361 - $70,010
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 224
Hourly Data $0$38
Hourly Rate $12.12 - $26.42
Hourly Tips $1.00
Overtime $18.07 - $38.69
Annual Data $0$70K
Bonus $195.74 - $9,839
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $5,918
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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$26,361 - $70,010
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,666

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Job Description for Equipment Operator

An equipment operator performs the hands-on aspect of using equipment, applying mechanical skill sets to operate a variety of devices such as a scraper, bulldozer, tractor, motor grader, front-end loader, crane, pile driver, and back hoe. Equipment operators are commonly seen using their equipment for road construction and maintenance. Other common projects that equipment operators work on are building construction, bridge construction, industrial farm work, and other large structures. On top of operating various machines, equipment operators must also perform regular maintenance on the machines they operate and be capable of troubleshooting problems

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Equipment Operator Tasks

  • Operate heavy construction machines such as bulldozers, compressors, tractors, and graders.
  • Perform routine maintenance and ensure any needed repairs are made.
  • Follow safety regulations and remove and minimize potential hazards.

Equipment Operator Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Equipment Operator


For Equipment Operators, comfortable salaries can be found at Baker Hughes Inc; in fact, median earnings sit around $83K, the highest in the area.

Popular Skills for Equipment Operator


Equipment Operators report using a wide range of professional skills. Lucky workers who know Welding can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 41 percent above average. Operator and Heavy Equipment Repair are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 9 percent and 41 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like truck driver and Operations Management. Most people who know Equipment Maintenance also know Heavy Equipment Repair.

Pay by Experience Level for Equipment Operator

Pay by Experience for an Equipment Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Equipment Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 896 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Equipment Operator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 575 salaries. An experienced Equipment Operator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 534 salaries. An Equipment Operator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 281 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,372

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

For Equipment Operators, busy Midland offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 102 percent above the national average. Equipment Operators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+46 percent), Seattle (+42 percent), Chicago (+42 percent), and Williston (+33 percent). Equipment Operators in Jacksonville report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 32 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Employers also pay below the national average in Richmond (9 percent lower) and Charlotte (6 percent lower).

Equipment Operator Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Equipment Operator?

Equipment Operator in Sultan:
"It pays the bills."
Pros: The people I work with. The company has good benefits that will be increasingly more beneficial as I continue over the years with the company.
Cons: The pay makes the bills but beyond that I cannot afford to have my own home. The work is very demanding on your mind & body. I have received burns, smashed fingers & bruises in less then a year.

Equipment Operator in Uvalde:
"Best job."
Pros: Independent and supervisory position.
Cons: The pay of the job is not as high or good enough for the work we do.

Equipment Operator in Houston:
"Its fun with the right company."
Pros: The hands on all the time.
Cons: The pay.

Equipment Operator in San Antonio:
"Good money but long hours."
Pros: The easy money.
Cons: Long hours.

Equipment Operator in Beallsville:
"Maintaining Awareness And Staying Busy Gives A Sense Of Accomplishment."
Pros: Sense of accomplishment and a big part production.
Cons: Working alone for most of the shift.

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Key Stats for Equipment Operator

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 302 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Equipment Operator Salaries

▲25%

▲8%

▲1%

National Average
$40,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect Equipment Operator Salaries

Welding
▲40%

Operator
▲9%


EQUIPMENT OPERATOR
▲5%


CDL
▲2%

National Average
$40,000



Operations Management
▼5%

truck driver
▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 302 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
no benefits
None: 28%
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