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Average Heavy Equipment Operator Hourly Pay

$19.87
Avg. Hourly RateShow Salary
$1,023
Bonus
$1,250
Commission
$2,373
Profit Sharing
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The average hourly pay for a Heavy Equipment Operator is $19.87.
10%
$14.31
MEDIAN
$19.87
90%
$30.64
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Hourly Rate
$14 - $31
Bonus
$197 - $5,118
Profit Sharing
$490 - $7,213
Commission
$0 - $1,250
Total Pay
$30,774 - $73,786
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What Do Heavy Equipment Operators Do?

Heavy Equipment Operator Tasks
  • Operate heavy equipment in a safe and effective manner.
  • Store heavy equipment safely and securely.
  • Maintain a clean and presentable workplace.
  • Clean heavy equipment as scheduled.
  • Perform daily safety and maintenance checks.

Job Satisfaction for Heavy Equipment Operator

3.7 out of 5
(1,417)
Highly Satisfied
120Reviews
The top respondents for the job title Heavy Equipment Operator are from the companies Waste Management, Inc., Republic Services Inc and Martin Marietta Materials Inc. Reported salaries are highest at U.S. Army where the average pay is $21.00. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Martin Marietta Materials Inc and Knife River Corp., earning around $19.43 and $19.00, respectively. Brad Cole Construction pays the lowest at around $17.69. Vulcan Materials Co and Republic Services Inc also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $18.13 and $18.21, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for Heavy Equipment Operators?

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

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Heavy Equipment Operators?

An entry-level Heavy Equipment Operator with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $16.45 based on 124 salaries. An early career Heavy Equipment Operator with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $17.54 based on 2,176 salaries. A mid-career Heavy Equipment Operator with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $19.59 based on 1,568 salaries. An experienced Heavy Equipment Operator with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $21.21 based on 1,990 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $24.
Employees with Heavy Equipment Operator in their job title in Phoenix, Arizona earn an average of 17.6% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Denver, Colorado (12.7% more) and Dallas, Texas (2.8% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Atlanta, Georgia (10.4% less), Orlando, Florida (9.4% less) and Charlotte, North Carolina (7.7% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 7,826 survey responses.
Entry Level
1.6%
Early Career
27.8%
Mid Career
20.0%
Experienced
25.4%
Late Career
25.1%