Average Excavator Operator Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for an Excavator Operator is $19.96.
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Hourly Rate
$14 - $31
$127 - $3,120
Profit Sharing
$992 - $19,442
Total Pay
$30,603 - $75,091

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Job Description for Excavator Operator

Excavator Operator Tasks
  • Operate excavator safely to accomplish specified goals.
  • Maintain awareness of site and workers and communicate actions.
  • Maintain, confirm condition of excavator and operate within regulations and safety limits.

Job Satisfaction for Excavator Operator

3.7 out of 5
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Popular Skills for Excavator Operator

Skills in Heavy Equipment Operation and OSHA Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Equipment Maintenance, Safety Compliance and Machine Operation.

Pay by Experience Level for Excavator Operator

An entry-level Excavator Operator with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $16.27 based on 12 salaries. An early career Excavator Operator with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $17.89 based on 151 salaries. A mid-career Excavator Operator with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $19.62 based on 120 salaries. An experienced Excavator Operator with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $20.94 based on 169 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $23.
Employees with Excavator Operator in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 75.4% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Chicago, Illinois (23.1% more) and Dallas, Texas (10.2% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Atlanta, Georgia (12.9% less), Houston, Texas (11.0% less) and Charlotte, North Carolina (10.3% less).

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