Tower Crane Operator Salary

Men make up the majority of Tower Crane Operators in the United States, bringing in about $33.35 per hour. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although a fair number have medical coverage and the greater part have dental coverage, between a fifth and a fourth claim no health benefits at all. For the most part, Tower Crane Operators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$23,270 - $99,731
$23K
$57K
$100K
MEDIAN: $57,136
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50%
90%

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$19.10 - $45.16
$19
$34
$45
MEDIAN: $33.74
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$0$109K
Salary $23,270 - $99,731
Bonus $5,087
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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$31,997 - $109,520
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 27
Hourly Data $0$69
Hourly Rate $19.10 - $45.16
Overtime $27.82 - $69.75
Annual Data $0$109K
Bonus $5,087
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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$31,997 - $109,520
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 84

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Job Description for Tower Crane Operator

Tower crane operators are specialists in the construction industry who operate a specific piece of heavy machinery that lifts, transports and moves construction equipment and materials all over their construction site. These materials are needed to build concrete foundations, floors, walls, decks, roofs and other parts of high-rise buildings and other multistory structures. Tower crane operators must adhere to established load limits for their crane, control crane movement as instructed by their supervisors or signalers, and understand specific hand signals and/or instructions given to them via radio. They must also be able to operate crane using remote controls or remote consoles, as well as ensure their cranes are regularly inspected to promote safe use.

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Tower Crane Operator Tasks

  • Operate tower crane to move large and heavy objects such as construction materials and shipping containers.
  • Base crane movements upon hand and radio signals from ground supervisor or signaler.
  • Steer the crane utilizing levers within the control console or remotely via a remote console.

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Pay by Experience Level for Tower Crane Operator

Pay by Experience for a Tower Crane Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Tower Crane Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 48 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Tower Crane Operator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 42 salaries. An experienced Tower Crane Operator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 45 salaries. A Tower Crane Operator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $87,000 based on 22 salaries.

Tower Crane Operator Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Tower Crane Operator?

Tower Crane Operator in Miami:
"Huge responsibility."
If you're thinking about becoming a tower crane operator call your local union the international union of operating engineers and join their apprenticeship program.

Key Stats for Tower Crane Operator

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 5 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Tower Crane Operator Salaries

Late-Career
▲22%

Mid-Career
▲5%

Experienced
▲1%

National Average
$71,000

Entry-Level
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 5 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
no benefits
None: 23%
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