Updated August 18, 2021
Average Heavy Equipment Operator Salary
$37,000 yearly
$17.83 hourly

Entry level Salary
$28,000 yearly
$28,000
10 %
$37,000
Median
$48,000
90 %
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PercentileascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
90th Percentile
$48,000
$4,000
$23
75th Percentile
$42,000
$3,500
$20
Average
$37,084
$3,090
$18
25th Percentile
$32,000
$2,667
$15
10th Percentile
$28,000
$2,333
$13

Average Heavy Equipment Operator Salary By State

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Heavy Equipment Operator average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdescJob Countascdesc
Alabama
$31,099
$14.95
Alaska
$54,136
$26.03
Arizona
$36,919
$17.75
Arkansas
$24,396
$11.73
California
$52,161
$25.08
Colorado
$43,817
$21.07
Connecticut
$38,448
$18.48
Delaware
$39,120
$18.81
District of Columbia
$33,113
$15.92
Florida
$32,279
$15.52
Georgia
$29,754
$14.30
Hawaii
$42,120
$20.25
Idaho
$39,607
$19.04
Illinois
$35,598
$17.11
Indiana
$38,120
$18.33
Iowa
$34,216
$16.45
Kansas
$31,411
$15.10
Kentucky
$38,335
$18.43
Louisiana
$32,117
$15.44
Maine
$48,374
$23.26
Maryland
$38,064
$18.30
Massachusetts
$50,445
$24.25
Michigan
$33,894
$16.30
Minnesota
$43,808
$21.06
Mississippi
$42,168
$20.27
Missouri
$36,214
$17.41
Montana
$47,604
$22.89
Nebraska
$28,828
$13.86
Nevada
$52,504
$25.24
New Hampshire
$49,290
$23.70
New Jersey
$43,105
$20.72
New Mexico
$33,165
$15.94
New York
$43,678
$21.00
North Carolina
$32,626
$15.69
North Dakota
$48,817
$23.47
Ohio
$42,389
$20.38
Oklahoma
$25,126
$12.08
Oregon
$47,793
$22.98
Pennsylvania
$43,927
$21.12
Rhode Island
$34,869
$16.76
South Carolina
$30,400
$14.62
South Dakota
$34,188
$16.44
Tennessee
$31,669
$15.23
Texas
$33,436
$16.07
Utah
$41,317
$19.86
Vermont
$36,412
$17.51
Virginia
$35,514
$17.07
Washington
$58,698
$28.22
West Virginia
$42,036
$20.21
Wisconsin
$41,028
$19.73
Wyoming
$47,437
$22.81

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Highest Paying Cities For Heavy Equipment Operator

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Puyallup, WA
$58,706
$28.22
Danvers, MA
$49,984
$24.03
Fort Collins, CO
$44,361
$21.33
Minneapolis, MN
$43,869
$21.09
Albany, NY
$42,581
$20.47
Salt Lake City, UT
$41,325
$19.87

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How much does a Heavy Equipment Operator make?

  • The average heavy equipment operator makes $37,084 in the United States.
  • The average hourly pay for a heavy equipment operator is $17.83.
  • The average entry-level heavy equipment operator salary is $28,000.
  • Highest paying states for heavy equipment operator are Washington ($58,698), Alaska ($54,136), Nevada ($58,698) and California ($58,698).
  • Highest paying cities for heavy equipment operator are Puyallup, WA ($58,706), Danvers, MA, Fort Collins, CO, Minneapolis, MN and Albany, NY.
  • Heavy equipment operators on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $28,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $48,000.
  • The best-paid 25% made $42,000 that year, while the lowest-paid 25$ made $32,000
  • Industries with the highest heavy equipment operator salaries are energy, government and manufacturing.

Average Heavy Equipment Operator Salary Over Time

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Location
    YearascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc% Changeascdesc
    2021
    $37,100
    $17.83
    +1.6%
    2020
    $36,500
    $17.54
    +2.4%
    2019
    $35,600
    $17.11
    +2.8%
    2018
    $34,600
    $16.63
    +2.4%
    2017
    $33,700
    $16.23
    +2.2%

    How Much Do Heavy Equipment Operators Make In Different Industries?

    Heavy equipment operator salaries can vary on many factors, including what industry a job is in. In fact, jobs with energy, government, and manufacturing companies tend to be the highest paying. Furthermore, a heavy equipment operator can make a yearly salary of $36,405 while working for energy companies. All the while, other heavy equipment operators are making $34,723 at government companies and $33,737 at manufacturing companies. One industry heavy equipment operators may want to avoid is the construction industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $29,814.
    RankIndustryAverage Heavy Equipment Operator SalaryHeavy Equipment Operator Salary Range
    1Energy
    $36,405
    $26k
    $40k
    2Government
    $34,723
    $26k
    $40k
    3Manufacturing
    $33,737
    $26k
    $40k
    4Construction
    $29,814
    $26k
    $40k

    High Paying Heavy 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
    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
    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
    Grader Operator

    Avg. salary: $36,255

    A grader operator's main task is to operate a grader machine and any other heavy machinery that prepares roads for paving. He/She operates a grader that's self-propelled in spreading gravel, dirt, or stone when constructing roads. A grader operator maintains the grader machine, adheres to all safety practices, and inspects the machine daily. He/She also ensures the security of the machine and that it's well maintained. As a grader operator, your job may also involve carrying out routine checks on the machine to look out for worn parts, leaks, blades, etc.
    23,684 Grader Operator Jobs
    Field Operator

    Avg. salary: $46,761

    A field operator is responsible for operating heavy equipment and machinery and resolve operational system failures. Field operators analyze schematics and blueprints to assemble machine components and secure its performance stability. They also upgrade parts and systems and recommend cost-reduction resources from trusted suppliers and third-party vendors. A field operator must have excellent organizational and mechanical skills to perform troubleshooting procedures, adhering to safety procedures, and following guidelines to prevent operational hazards and manufacturing delays.
    68,641 Field 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
    Operator
    $34,373
    $2,864
    $16.53
    126,206
    Loader Operator
    $32,971
    $2,748
    $15.85
    43,922
    Grader Operator
    $36,256
    $3,021
    $17.43
    23,684
    Field Operator
    $46,762
    $3,897
    $22.48
    68,641
    Truck Operator
    $35,430
    $2,952
    $17.03
    480,215
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    Heavy Equipment Operator Salaries By Years Of Experience

    The salary for a heavy 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
    $25,300
    $12.15
    Mid Level
    $40,800
    $19.64
    Senior Level
    $45,500
    $21.90

    Which Companies Pay Heavy Equipment Operators The Most?

    If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like Long Realty and TLC Plumbing as they offer the highest salaries for heavy equipment operators.
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    Recently Added Heavy Equipment Operator Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Tradesmen International
    Heavy Equipment Operator
    Heavy Equipment Operator
    Aberdeen, SD
    08/31/2021
    $41,740
    08/31/2021
    Fort Bend County Road & Bridge
    Heavy Equipment Operator-Drainage District
    Heavy Equipment Operator-Drainage District
    Rosenberg, TX
    08/31/2021
    $36,794
    08/31/2021
    Summit County Government
    Heavy Equipment Operator
    Heavy Equipment Operator
    Dillon, CO
    08/31/2021
    $46,999
    08/31/2021
    Canyon County
    Hazardous Waste Screener-Heavy Equipment Operator
    Hazardous Waste Screener-Heavy Equipment Operator
    Caldwell, ID
    08/30/2021
    $34,632
    08/30/2021
    State of Louisiana
    Mobile Equipment Operator 2, Heavy 1
    Mobile Equipment Operator 2, Heavy 1
    Alexandria, LA
    08/29/2021
    $25,983
    08/29/2021
    City of Las Cruces, Nm
    Heavy Equipment Operator-Solid Waste
    Heavy Equipment Operator-Solid Waste
    Las Cruces, NM
    08/29/2021
    $32,369
    08/29/2021
    Fisher Industries
    Heavy Equipment Operator
    Heavy Equipment Operator
    Phoenix, AZ
    08/28/2021
    $48,001
    08/28/2021
    B.H. Inc.
    Heavy Equipment Operator
    Heavy Equipment Operator
    Salt Lake City, UT
    08/27/2021
    $43,827
    08/27/2021
    R.W. Sidley, Inc.
    Heavy Equipment Operator
    Heavy Equipment Operator
    Enon, OH
    08/27/2021
    $35,479
    08/27/2021
    Aerotek
    Heavy Equipment Operator
    Heavy Equipment Operator
    Hazleton, PA
    08/27/2021
    $41,740
    08/27/2021

    Average Heavy Equipment Operator Salary by Demographic

    Heavy Equipment Operator Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $38,202
    female-income
    Female Income
    $36,827
    Genderascdesc
    Incomeascdesc
    Male$38,202
    Female$36,827
    Median Heavy Equipment Operator Income by Race
    White heavy equipment operators have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american heavy equipment operators have the lowest average salary at $35,236.
    $40,000
    $32,000
    $24,000
    $16,000
    $8,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$38,455
    Black or African American$35,236
    Asian$37,850
    Hispanic or Latino$38,064
    Average Heavy Equipment Operator Salary by Education Level
    Heavy equipment operators with a Bachelors degree earn more than those without, at $41,745 annually. With a Associate degree, heavy equipment operators earn a median annual income of $38,366 compared to $38,202 for heavy equipment operators with an High School Diploma degree.
    $45,000
    $36,000
    $27,000
    $18,000
    $9,000
    $0
    High School Diploma or Less
    Bachelor's Degree
    Some College/ Associate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    High School Diploma or Less$38,202
    Bachelor's Degree$41,745
    Some College/ Associate Degree$38,366