$47,734
Avg. Salary
$19.09
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$1,213

Profit Sharing

$2,336

Commission

$504

The average pay for a Heavy Equipment Operator is $19.09 per hour.

The average pay for a Heavy Equipment Operator is $47,734 per year.

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$19
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$29
90%
MEDIAN $19
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$79k
90%
MEDIAN $47,734
$27,361 - $79,267
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MEDIAN: $47,734
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$13.46 - $29.48
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$0$79K
Salary $27,361 - $79,267
Bonus $203 - $5,070
Profit Sharing $206 - $6,362
Commission $504
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$29,851 - $73,461
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 964
Hourly Data $0$40
Hourly Rate $13.46 - $29.48
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $5.36
Overtime $19.13 - $40.94
Annual Data $0$73K
Bonus $203 - $5,070
Commission $504
Profit Sharing $206 - $6,362
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$29,851 - $73,461
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 8,194

Job Description for Heavy Equipment Operator

A heavy equipment operator is a construction worker who is specifically tasked with the safe and efficient operations of heavy machinery, such as loaders, dump trucks, backhoes, and graders. The heavy equipment operator ensures that the machinery he or she is about to use is in good working order, and then follows all relevant procedures and protocols while using it. The operator may be asked to provide input into the way some equipment is used on a site, and is required to report any noticed anomalies in operation to a construction manager or equipment repair foreperson. The operator also typically assists with any loading or unloading of the equipment from flatbed trucks or trains.

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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.

Popular Employer Salaries for Heavy Equipment Operator


Many Heavy Equipment Operators can be found at Waste Management, Inc., Republic Services Inc, U.S. Air Force (USAF), U.S. Army, and The Lane Construction Corporation, firms that are at the top of the field. Waste Connections, Inc. offers the largest salaries in town — $59K on average. Other employers shelling out big bucks include The Lane Construction Corporation, Martin Marietta Materials Inc, and Cemex, Inc., where Heavy Equipment Operators typically earn around $54K, $54K, or $51K, respectively.

Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are U.S. Army ($28K), U.S. Air Force (USAF) ($31K), and Vulcan Materials Co ($37K).

Common Career Paths for Heavy Equipment Operator


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Heavy Equipment Operators may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Construction Project Manager. The latter position pays an average of $70K annually. With an annual salary of $51K, Construction Foreman is the most common role for Heavy Equipment Operators to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into an Equipment Operator role — which usually pays $40K — is also typical for Heavy Equipment Operators, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Skills for Heavy Equipment Operator


Heavy Equipment Operators seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Lucky workers who know Global Positioning Systems can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 28 percent above average. Operations Management and foreman are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 19 percent and 28 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Safety Compliance, EQUIPMENT OPERATOR, and Operator. Those educated in Equipment Maintenance tend to be well versed in Blueprints.

Pay by Experience Level for Heavy Equipment Operator

Pay by Experience for a Heavy Equipment Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Heavy Equipment Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 1,844 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Heavy Equipment Operator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 1,485 salaries. An experienced Heavy Equipment Operator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 1,782 salaries. A Heavy Equipment Operator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 1,152 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,112

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Williston is home to an above-average pay rate for Heavy Equipment Operators, 67 percent higher than the national average. Heavy Equipment Operators will also find cushy salaries in Las Vegas (+23 percent), Indianapolis (+19 percent), Denver (+12 percent), and Pittsburgh (+7 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Tampa, 18 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 15 percent less in Charleston and 12 percent less in Orlando, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Heavy Equipment Operator Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Heavy Equipment Operator?

Heavy Equipment Operator in Johnson City:
"Always changing."
Pros: The people I work with, the challenge of the job, not knowing what job I will do from day to day.
Cons: The drive,

Heavy Equipment Operator in Ohio:
"You have a lot of responsabilty."
Pros: I enjoy lookin at a field and changing it into a school or building.
Cons: All the obsticles you have to go around.

Heavy Equipment Operator in Las Vegas:
"Bittersweet."
Pros: Provides for my family and I have the oppertunity to serve my country.
Cons: Coworkers can be rowdy and the envirement is very exposed to the elwments of the desert.

Heavy Equipment Operator in Wallace:
"Pay rase."
I have worked for the state of wvfor 31yrs and there is guys there that only has 20.yes in and is a equipment opperater that can not so as much as me but the. They make more money then I do. They make $2.56 on the hr then I do. I do not thank that is right they give guys that are friends with the soperviser up grades to equipment operated 3 with out even going to school for it. Back when I tryed to get that back around 20 years ago the would not even pay me the up grade. So if I do not get a $3.50 to $4.00 raise this year on Dec. 31 2015 is my last day. For I will my retirement and they can shove that job.

Heavy Equipment Operator in Harrisonburg:
Get all the certificates and training for every piece of equipment and including welding and maintenance.

Heavy Equipment Operator in Midland:
"Coil tubing."
Pros: Really enjoy the actual work and hands on involvement.
Cons: Severe management issues lack of respect.

Heavy Equipment Operator in Bismarck:
"Had to operate support equipment to conduct specific mainten."

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Key Stats for Heavy Equipment Operator

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1350 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
24%

Experience Affects Heavy Equipment Operator Salaries

▲15%

▲8%

National Average
$45,000

▼4%

▼13%

Skills That Affect Heavy Equipment Operator Salaries



▲19%

OSHA Compliance
▲11%

▲9%

Welding
▲8%


excavator
▲3%


CDL
▼0%

National Average
$45,000


Equipment Maintenance
▼2%

▼6%


Safety Compliance
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1350 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
vision benefits
Vision: 40%
no benefits
None: 32%