Heavy Equipment Operator Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Min 10%
Median 50%
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Highest Paying City
Albany, NY
Highest Paying State
New York
Average Experience Level
4.7 years
How much does a heavy equipment operator make?
Heavy Equipment Operators in the US make on average $38,300 annually or $18.41 hourly. The top 10 percent make over $51,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent make under $28,000 per year. The most abundant employment opportunities for Heavy Equipment Operators are in Construction companies and Utilities companies. States with the highest Heavy Equipment Operator salaries include New York, California, Alaska, Texas, and Utah. The typical tenure for a Heavy Equipment Operator is 4.7 years.
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Average Heavy Equipment Operator Salary By Location

As a Heavy Equipment Operator in the U.S., you can expect to earn on average $38,300 per year or $18.41 per hour. Heavy Equipment Operators make the most in Albany, NY at about $52,942 per year. The Albany, NY average entry-level salary for Heavy Equipment Operators is $31,000. The top 5 states with the highest reported Heavy Equipment Operator salaries are New York, California, Alaska, Texas, and Utah. Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Missouri, and Arkansas are the lowest earners.

Map of Heavy Equipment Operator Salaries

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

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Average Heavy Equipment Operator Salary By Company

If you are a Heavy Equipment Operator, you can expect good job security. However, keep in mind that some industries pay better than others. Construction companies and Utilities companies are the best when it comes to the number of employment opportunities. Charah and Barnard Construction Co are the highest paying companies. If you can find a job at a company like Waste Connections or Waste Industries, they also offer very competitive salaries to their Heavy Equipment Operators.

Average Heavy Equipment Operator Pay By Industry

Wages for Heavy Equipment Operators can differ based on the industry they work in. By looking at our data, we can see that Government companies, Utilities companies, and Energy companies pay their Heavy Equipment Operators well. Government companies pay their Heavy Equipment Operators the highest wages, averaging $42,482 per year. Utilities companies and Energy companies pay well too, at $40,356 and $39,413, respectively. At $37,680, the average salary for Heavy Equipment Operators in the Construction industry is lower than other industries.
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Heavy Equipment Operator Salary History

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National Average
Ashburn, VA

Heavy Equipment Operator Salary By Experience Level

The salary for a Heavy Equipment Operator can range from $26,100 to $47,041 depending on the amount of work experience that the person has. Data on how experience level affects salary 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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