What am I worth?
What your skills are worth in the market is constantly changing.
Get your pay report
How should I pay?
When you get pay right, you attract and retain the best talent.
Price a job

Average Heavy Machine Operator Hourly Pay

$16.32
Avg. Hourly RateShow Salary
$1,014
Bonus
$983
Profit Sharing
What am I worth?
Get pay report
How should I pay?
Price a job
The average hourly pay for a Heavy Machine Operator is $16.32.
10%
$11.84
MEDIAN
$16.32
90%
$24.69
Is Heavy Machine Operator your job title? Find out what you should be paid
Use our tool to get a personalized report on your market worth.What's this?
United States (change)
How it works:
1
Enter city & years of experience
2
Add pay factors like skills & education
3
Find your market worth with a report tailored to you
Hourly Rate
$12 - $25
Bonus
$101 - $5,076
Profit Sharing
$21 - $9,696
Total Pay
$25,777 - $59,411
Find your market worth – how it works:
Tell us about your job and pay factors like skills and educationTell us about your job and pay factors like skills and education
Find your market worth with a report tailored to youFind your market worth with a report tailored to you
Negotiate your pay with confidenceNegotiate your pay with confidence

What Do Heavy Machine Operators Do?

Heavy Machine Operator Tasks
  • Operate heavy construction machines such as bulldozers, compressors, tractors, and graders.
  • Perform routine maintenance and ensure any needed repairs are made.
  • Follow safety regulations and remove and minimize potential hazards.

Job Satisfaction for Heavy Machine Operator

3.4 out of 5
(170)
Satisfied
19Reviews

Career Paths

Explore the most common career paths for Heavy Machine Operator. Thickness and color of lines indicates popularity of movement from one job to the next. Visit our career path planner to research other job paths.
Heavy Machine Operator
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

Heavy Machine Operator Job Listings

Search for more jobs
Search

What Are Popular Skills for Heavy Machine Operators?

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

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

An entry-level Heavy Machine Operator with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $14.15 based on 30 salaries. An early career Heavy Machine Operator with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $15.26 based on 396 salaries. A mid-career Heavy Machine Operator with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $17.09 based on 200 salaries. An experienced Heavy Machine Operator with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $18.05 based on 158 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $21.
Employees with Heavy Machine Operator in their job title in Boston, Massachusetts earn an average of 27.3% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Cleveland, Ohio (4.2% more). The lowest salaries can be found in San Antonio, Texas (12.7% less), Chicago, Illinois (8.1% less) and Dallas, Texas (8.0% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 880 survey responses.
Entry Level
3.4%
Early Career
45.0%
Mid Career
22.7%
Experienced
18.0%
Late Career
10.9%