The average hourly pay for an Excavator Operator with Heavy Equipment Operation skills is $20.47.
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Job Description for Excavator Operator
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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Popular Skills for Excavator Operator
Avg. Hourly Rate
Skills in OSHA Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Heavy Equipment Repair, Equipment Maintenance, Safety Compliance and Machine Operation.
Pay by Experience Level for Excavator Operator
An early career Excavator Operator with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $18.34 based on 57 salaries. A mid-career Excavator Operator with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $19.81 based on 46 salaries. An experienced Excavator Operator with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $21.78 based on 39 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $24.
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Employees with .NET Software Developer / Programmer in these locations earn less than the national average. The lowest salaries can be found in Charlotte, North Carolina (10.9% less), Tampa, Florida (6.0% less) and Houston, Texas (5.5% less).
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