The average hourly pay for an Early-Career Excavator Operator with Heavy Equipment Operation skills is $18.48.
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What Do Excavator Operators Do?
An excavator operator operates heavy machinery to move materials and clear ground, digging holes and trenches to prepare sites for construction. They may also be required to occasionally perform maintenance on the machines. A typical day for an excavator operator is often spent on a construction site in conditions that can be unpredictable and/or extreme; for example, there may be heat, cold, dust, and noise. However, most machines have air-conditioned, soundproof cabs that may make work more c…Read more
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.
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What Are Popular Skills for Excavator Operators?
Skills in OSHA Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Heavy Equipment Repair, Safety Compliance, Equipment Maintenance and Machine Operation.
What is the Pay by Experience Level for Excavator Operators?
A mid-career Excavator Operator with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $19.81 based on 46 salaries. An experienced Excavator Operator with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $21.61 based on 40 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $24.
Years of Experience
This data is based on 159 survey responses.