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How Much Does a Crane Operator Earn In The United States?

Crane Operator Salaries
Updated April 6, 2021
Average Yearly Salary
$55,000
$37,000
$55,000
$80,000
Crane operators in the United States make an average salary of $55,247 per year or $26.56 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $37,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $80,000. As most things go, location can be critical. New York, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Iowa provide the highest crane operator salaries.
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Where Crane Operators Earn The Most

The darker areas on the map show where crane operators earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

How Much Do Crane Operators Earn In Different Cities?

If both location and money are important to you, then you might want to check out moving to New York, New Jersey and Oregon, as these three states offer the highest salaries throughout the U.S. for crane operators. Quite opposite of that list is the lowest paying states, which are South Carolina, Maine, and Arkansas.
Location
1. New York, NY
$71,963
Avg. Salary
$36k
$95k
2. Anaheim, CA
$60,958
Avg. Salary
$36k
$95k
3. Phoenix, AZ
$60,082
Avg. Salary
$36k
$95k
4. Pensacola, FL
$59,456
Avg. Salary
$36k
$95k
5. Richmond, VA
$57,800
Avg. Salary
$36k
$95k
6. Knoxville, TN
$57,621
Avg. Salary
$36k
$95k

High Paying Crane Operator Jobs

Which Companies Pay Crane Operators The Most?

If you want to get paid the most as a crane operator, being employed by a company such as TNT Crane & Rigging or Aid would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like E.R. Snell Contractor and HKA Enterprises also report highly competitive salaries for crane operators.
Company
$64,159
Avg. Salary
$32k
$74k
Avg. Salary
$32k
$74k
$63,726
Avg. Salary
$32k
$74k
Avg. Salary
$32k
$74k
Avg. Salary
$32k
$74k
Avg. Salary
$32k
$74k

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Crane Operator Salary History

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    How Much Do Crane Operators Make In Different Industries?

    As we previously stated, crane operator salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that technology, energy, and transportation companies tend to offer much higher salaries for crane operators. For example, crane operators make a whopping average salary of $65,683 while working for technology companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $63,883 at energy companies and $62,825 at transportation companies. But crane operators may want to avoid working in the construction industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $51,787.
    1. Technology
    $65,683
    Avg. Salary
    $42k
    $78k
    2. Energy
    $63,883
    Avg. Salary
    $42k
    $78k
    3. Transportation
    $62,825
    Avg. Salary
    $42k
    $78k
    4. Manufacturing
    $60,360
    Avg. Salary
    $42k
    $78k
    5. Construction
    $51,787
    Avg. Salary
    $42k
    $78k

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