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Equipment Operator Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$26,000
$21,000
$26,000
$33,000
Did you know that the average equipment operator makes $26,747 per year? That's valued at $12.86 per hour! The range surrounding that average can vary between $21,000 and $33,000, meaning equipment operators have the opportunity to earn more once they move past entry-level roles. Most equipment operators find a job with retail and construction companies, while others work for energy, construction, and manufacturing companies to make more money. Those aren't the only places you can earn a higher paycheck. New Jersey, Minnesota and California are the top states in the U.S. to pay equipment operators the highest salaries.
Best Paying Cities
Denver, CO
$30,729
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Map of Equipment Operator Salaries

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

Average Salary

Average Equipment Operator Salary By Location

Throughout the U.S., the average salary for an equipment operator is roughly $26,747 per year, which boils down to $12.86 per hour. Interestingly enough, equipment operators have the highest salaries in Denver, CO at about $30,729 per year. For those who are just starting out, the average entry-level salary in Denver, CO is $23,000. Additionally, equipment operators make more than the average salary in Buckeye, AZ, Garden City, KS, New Iberia, LA, Houston, TX, and Raleigh, NC. On a more broad level, equipment operator salaries are highest in New Jersey, Minnesota, California, Alaska, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and New York. On the contrary, Oklahoma, Georgia, and Texas offer the lowest equipment operator salaries.

City
Average Salary
Buckeye, AZ
Buckeye, AZ
$23,773
$24k
Garden City, KS
Garden City, KS
$23,073
$23k
New Iberia, LA
New Iberia, LA
$22,844
$23k

High Paying Equipment Operator Jobs

Average Equipment Operator Salary By Company

If you want to get paid the most as an equipment operator, being employed by a company such as Advanced Disposal or Waste Industries would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like ProPetro Holding and Waste Connections also report highly competitive salaries for equipment operators.

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Equipment Operator Salary History

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    Average Equipment Operator Pay By Industry

    The salary for an equipment operator can vary depending on what industry the job is in. The highest salaries for equipment operators tend to be found in energy, construction, and manufacturing companies. In fact, equipment operators can make a yearly salary of $29,230 while working for energy companies.

    Industry
    Average Salary
    Energy
    Energy
    $29,230
    $29k
    Construction
    Construction
    $26,012
    $26k
    Manufacturing
    Manufacturing
    $25,456
    $25k
    Government
    Government
    $25,433
    $25k
    Retail
    Retail
    $23,120
    $23k

    Equipment Operator Salary By Experience Level

    The salary for an equipment operator can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

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    $33,392
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    $30,470
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    $32,870
    $32,870
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    Fort Worth, TX
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    $33,392
    $33,392
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    Lesaint Logistics
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    Reno, NV
    Reno, NV
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    $32,349
    $32,349
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