Updated August 18, 2021
Average Equipment Operator Salary
$13.29 hourly
$27,000 yearly

Entry level Salary
$22,000 yearly
$22,000
10 %
$27,000
Median
$33,000
90 %
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PercentileascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
90th Percentile
$33,000
$2,750
$16
75th Percentile
$30,000
$2,500
$14
Average
$27,639
$2,303
$13
25th Percentile
$24,000
$2,000
$12
10th Percentile
$22,000
$1,833
$11

Average Equipment Operator Salary By State

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Equipment Operator average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdescJob Countascdesc
Alabama
$21,016
$10.10
Alaska
$46,283
$22.25
Arizona
$22,224
$10.68
Arkansas
$19,638
$9.44
California
$41,842
$20.12
Colorado
$31,192
$15.00
Connecticut
$45,008
$21.64
Delaware
$28,010
$13.47
District of Columbia
$26,240
$12.62
Florida
$23,143
$11.13
Georgia
$22,962
$11.04
Hawaii
$29,705
$14.28
Idaho
$26,060
$12.53
Illinois
$28,585
$13.74
Indiana
$30,442
$14.64
Iowa
$28,364
$13.64
Kansas
$22,999
$11.06
Kentucky
$28,947
$13.92
Louisiana
$22,233
$10.69
Maine
$31,575
$15.18
Maryland
$33,711
$16.21
Massachusetts
$35,591
$17.11
Michigan
$32,138
$15.45
Minnesota
$32,723
$15.73
Mississippi
$19,647
$9.45
Missouri
$27,766
$13.35
Montana
$25,725
$12.37
Nebraska
$26,967
$12.96
Nevada
$28,964
$13.93
New Hampshire
$44,408
$21.35
New Jersey
$43,933
$21.12
New Mexico
$21,835
$10.50
New York
$39,261
$18.88
North Carolina
$22,364
$10.75
North Dakota
$31,299
$15.05
Ohio
$31,812
$15.29
Oklahoma
$21,047
$10.12
Oregon
$32,304
$15.53
Pennsylvania
$35,312
$16.98
Rhode Island
$30,783
$14.80
South Carolina
$24,349
$11.71
South Dakota
$28,223
$13.57
Tennessee
$23,929
$11.50
Texas
$21,320
$10.25
Utah
$29,771
$14.31
Vermont
$31,151
$14.98
Virginia
$27,296
$13.12
Washington
$38,251
$18.39
West Virginia
$32,654
$15.70
Wisconsin
$33,639
$16.17
Wyoming
$33,006
$15.87

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Highest Paying Cities For Equipment Operator

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Denver, CO
$31,285
$15.04
Garden City, KS
$22,797
$10.96
Buckeye, AZ
$22,698
$10.91
New Iberia, LA
$22,239
$10.69
Houston, TX
$21,320
$10.25

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How much does an Equipment Operator make?

  • The average equipment operator makes $27,639 in the United States.
  • The average hourly pay for an equipment operator is $13.29.
  • The average entry-level equipment operator salary is $22,000.
  • Highest paying states for equipment operator are Alaska ($46,283), Connecticut ($45,008), New Hampshire ($46,283) and New Jersey ($46,283).
  • Highest paying cities for equipment operator are Denver, CO ($31,285), Garden City, KS, Buckeye, AZ, New Iberia, LA and Houston, TX.
  • Equipment operators on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $22,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $33,000.
  • The best-paid 25% made $30,000 that year, while the lowest-paid 25$ made $24,000
  • Industries with the highest equipment operator salaries are government, manufacturing and construction.

Average Equipment Operator Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

Location
    YearascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc% Changeascdesc
    2021
    $27,600
    $13.29
    +1.6%
    2020
    $27,200
    $13.07
    +2.4%
    2019
    $26,500
    $12.75
    +2.8%
    2018
    $25,800
    $12.40
    +2.4%
    2017
    $25,200
    $12.09
    +2.2%

    How Much Do Equipment Operators Make In Different Industries?

    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 government, manufacturing, and construction companies. In fact, equipment operators can make a yearly salary of $30,344 while working for government companies.
    RankIndustryAverage Equipment Operator SalaryEquipment Operator Salary Range
    1Government
    $30,344
    $25k
    $35k
    2Manufacturing
    $29,063
    $25k
    $35k
    3Construction
    $29,002
    $25k
    $35k
    4Retail
    $28,602
    $25k
    $35k
    5Energy
    $28,104
    $25k
    $35k

    High Paying Equipment Operator Jobs

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Crew Foreman

    Avg. salary: $46,427

    A crew foreman coordinates the daily activities in a construction site to ensure that operations adhere to deadlines, budgets, and quality standards. They serve as the point of contact for supervisors, clients, and construction workers. They are also in charge of managing construction schedules, conducting assessments and evaluations, hiring staff, training staff, monitoring supplies, and ordering materials. Additionally, they must enforce safety regulations.
    46,272 Crew Foreman Jobs
    Mechanical Spreader Operator

    Avg. salary: $43,779

    A mechanical spreader operators manage and operate all equipment in various industries where they perform their jobs. The operators work as general mechanics in building HVAC, general building maintenance, and pump station operations. They test electro-mechanical subsystems for operational reliability and circuit integrity. Their job includes promoting quality assurance and performance improvement programs within the organization. Also, they perform an energy audit to improve the efficiency of HVAC energy.
    41,797 Mechanical Spreader Operator Jobs
    Labour Operator

    Avg. salary: $33,784

    Labor operators typically drive, maneuver the heavy machinery used to construct buildings, bridges, roads, and other structures. Their tasks and duties include cleaning and maintaining construction equipment, reporting faulty mechanism to supervisors, driving and operating equipment, and ensuring that the standards for safety are met. They often work with different kinds of construction equipment and may maneuver loading and excavation machinery. They also operate and maintain other power construction equipment such as air compressors and pumps at their working sites.
    35,354 Labour Operator Jobs
    Loader Operator

    Avg. salary: $32,971

    A loader operator is responsible for operating and driving multi-wheeled heavy vehicles to transport goods and services from the distribution centers to various locations. Loader operators must have excellent driving skills and a clean driving record to ensure smooth operations and timely deliveries. They also maintain the stability and efficiency of the engine, conduct regular maintenance, and perform repairs for any inconsistencies to avoid potential hazards and prevent operational delays. A loader operator responds to the customers' inquiries and concerns and escalates their complaints to the management.
    43,922 Loader Operator Jobs
    Operator

    Avg. salary: $34,372

    Operators are skilled workers who are in charge of working on an industrial machine or a specific aspect of the manufacturing business. They are trained to operate machines, learning how to use them. They are also responsible for the maintenance and repair of the machine, and they should be able to troubleshoot problems and provide remedies to them. They must be knowledgeable about the different parts of the machine and how to mitigate any challenges that may arise. Operators should be alert, detail-oriented, and familiar with safety and health guidelines.
    126,206 Operator Jobs
    Truck Operator

    Avg. salary: $35,429

    Truck Operators are individuals making a living by driving trucks and heavy goods vehicles such as articulated trucks, semi-trailers, and tankers. They are responsible for administering goods, loading and unloading into the truck, assessing the goods conditions, scheduling transport operations, arranging transport documentations, and inspecting vehicle conditions before starting work. Other duties include checking tires, fuel, oil filters, and oil levels. Truck Operators also supervise delivery operations, vehicle cleaning, tire maintenance, and refueling.
    480,215 Truck Operator Jobs
    Job TitleascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly RateascdescJob Openingsascdesc
    Crew Foreman
    $46,427
    $3,869
    $22.32
    46,272
    Mechanical Spreader Operator
    $43,780
    $3,648
    $21.05
    41,797
    Labour Operator
    $33,785
    $2,815
    $16.24
    35,354
    Loader Operator
    $32,971
    $2,748
    $15.85
    43,922
    Operator
    $34,373
    $2,864
    $16.53
    126,206
    Truck Operator
    $35,430
    $2,952
    $17.03
    480,215
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    Equipment Operator Salaries By Years Of Experience

    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.
    Experience LevelascdescAvg. SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
    Entry Level
    $18,800
    $9.06
    Mid Level
    $30,400
    $14.64
    Senior Level
    $33,900
    $16.32

    Which Companies Pay Equipment Operators The Most?

    If you want to get paid the most as an equipment operator, being employed by a company such as Wayfair or Lakeview Village would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like City of Largo, City Hall and UC Health also report highly competitive salaries for equipment operators.
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    Recently Added Equipment Operator Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Blue Phoenix USA
    Equipment Operator
    Equipment Operator
    Conestoga, PA
    08/31/2021
    $35,479
    08/31/2021
    Tradesmen International
    Equipment Operator
    Equipment Operator
    Harrisburg, PA
    08/31/2021
    $41,740
    08/31/2021
    Tradesmen International
    Equipment Operator
    Equipment Operator
    Lancaster, OH
    08/31/2021
    $33,392
    08/31/2021
    Town of Fraser
    Plant Operator, Equipment Operator, Street Supervisor
    Plant Operator, Equipment Operator, Street Supervisor
    Fraser, CO
    08/31/2021
    $39,653
    08/31/2021
    Ada County Highway District
    General Equipment Operator-Utility Crew
    General Equipment Operator-Utility Crew
    Garden City, ID
    08/31/2021
    $37,211
    08/31/2021
    Tradesmen International
    Equipment Operator
    Equipment Operator
    Ashland, OR
    08/31/2021
    $31,305
    08/31/2021
    Owens & Minor
    Equipment Operator
    Equipment Operator
    Franklin Town, MA
    08/31/2021
    $38,610
    08/31/2021
    McCarthy Building Companies
    Equipment Operator-Solar
    Equipment Operator-Solar
    Louisville, IL
    08/31/2021
    $41,740
    08/31/2021
    Tradesmen International
    Equipment Operator
    Equipment Operator
    Winston-Salem, NC
    08/31/2021
    $45,914
    08/31/2021
    HD Supply
    Warehouse Equipment Operators/Order Pickers-10 A.M.
    Warehouse Equipment Operators/Order Pickers-10 A.M.
    Elmhurst, IL
    08/31/2021
    $41,740
    08/31/2021

    Average Equipment Operator Salary by Demographic

    Equipment Operator Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $27,728
    female-income
    Female Income
    $26,898
    Genderascdesc
    Incomeascdesc
    Male$27,728
    Female$26,898
    Median Equipment Operator Income by Race
    White equipment operators have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american equipment operators have the lowest average salary at $25,932.
    $30,000
    $24,000
    $18,000
    $12,000
    $6,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$27,882
    Black or African American$25,932
    Asian$27,517
    Hispanic or Latino$27,647
    Average Equipment Operator Salary by Education Level
    Equipment operators with a Bachelors degree earn more than those without, at $29,844 annually. With a Associate degree, equipment operators earn a median annual income of $27,827 compared to $27,728 for equipment operators with an High School Diploma degree.
    $30,000
    $24,000
    $18,000
    $12,000
    $6,000
    $0
    High School Diploma or Less
    Bachelor's Degree
    Some College/ Associate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    High School Diploma or Less$27,728
    Bachelor's Degree$29,844
    Some College/ Associate Degree$27,827