$44,318
Avg. Salary
$17.36
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$1,167

Bonus

$1,221

Profit Sharing

$10,000

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for an Equipment Operator is $17.36 per hour.

The average pay for an Equipment Operator is $44,318 per year.

10%
$12.29
10%
$17.36
50%
$26.67
90%
90%
MEDIAN $17.36
10%
$25k
10%
$44k
50%
$79k
90%
90%
MEDIAN $44,318
$25,420 - $78,690
$25K
$44K
$79K
MEDIAN: $44,318
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90%

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$12.29 - $26.67
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MEDIAN: $17.36
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$0$78K
Salary $25,420 - $78,690
Bonus $198 - $7,341
Profit Sharing $305 - $9,000
Commission $10,000
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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$26,654 - $68,899
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 385
Hourly Data $0$38
Hourly Rate $12.29 - $26.67
Hourly Tips $0.05 - $4.51
Overtime $17.83 - $38.68
Annual Data $0$68K
Bonus $198 - $7,341
Commission $10,000
Profit Sharing $305 - $9,000
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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$26,654 - $68,899
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 3,157

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.

Common Career Paths for Equipment Operator


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For Equipment Operators, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Equipment Operators earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Public Works Equipment Operator.

Equipment Operator Job Listings

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

47%

43%

-1%

-3%

-5%

-8%

National Average: $39,948

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 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 Ashland:
"How much stress goes along with operating Eq."
Learn all u can about the Eq you are operating, find a good company and stay with them. They'll always be bad days , no matter who u work for, the main thing is Safety! Always Always know what is around you before u move a piece if Eq in any direction.

Equipment Operator in Springfield:
"Log skidding."
Don't do something you aren't sure of.

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

Equipment Operator in Verona:
"Obtaining a CDL helps a lot."
Get your certification.

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
5 %
Male
95 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 559 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
16%

Experience Affects Equipment Operator Salaries

▲26%

▲10%

▲2%

National Average
$40,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Equipment Operator Salaries

Welding
▲42%


Operator
▲10%

EQUIPMENT OPERATOR
▲6%


CDL
▲3%

National Average
$40,000



Operations Management
▼4%

truck driver
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 559 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
no benefits
None: 29%