Average Heavy Equipment Operator Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a Heavy Equipment Operator is $19.48.
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Hourly Rate
$14 - $30
$200 - $5,130
Profit Sharing
$488 - $6,362
$0 - $3,250
Total Pay
$30,324 - $74,105

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Job Description for Heavy Equipment Operator

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
Highly Satisfied
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 $22.00. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Martin Marietta Materials Inc and Waste Management, Inc., earning around $19.66 and $18.44, respectively. Republic pays the lowest at around $17.63. Brad Cole Construction and Vulcan Materials Co also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $17.69 and $17.86, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Heavy Equipment Operator

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.

Pay by Experience Level for Heavy Equipment Operator

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 $15.81 based on 157 salaries. An early career Heavy Equipment Operator with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $17.03 based on 2,494 salaries. A mid-career Heavy Equipment Operator with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $18.98 based on 1,770 salaries. An experienced Heavy Equipment Operator with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $20.64 based on 2,415 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $23.
Employees with Heavy Equipment Operator in their job title in Phoenix, Arizona earn an average of 16.2% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Denver, Colorado (10.7% more) and Dallas, Texas (0.7% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Orlando, Florida (10.5% less), Atlanta, Georgia (10.4% less) and Charlotte, North Carolina (8.1% less).

Years of Experience

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