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Heavy Equipment Operator Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$38,000
$28,000
$38,000
$51,000
Heavy equipment operators in the United States make an average salary of $38,300 per year or $18.41 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $28,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $51,000. As most things go, location can be critical. New York, California, Alaska, Texas, and Utah provide the highest heavy equipment operator salaries.
Best Paying Cities
Albany, NY
$52,942
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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.

Average Salary

Average Heavy Equipment Operator Salary By Location

While a heavy equipment operator can average a salary of $38,300 per year, or $18.41 per hour, there are many opportunities for heavy equipment operators to make more. For example, in Albany, NY you might make $52,942 per year. Other high-paying locations include Houston, TX, Compton, CA and Salt Lake City, UT. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to Albany, NY where the average starting salary is $31,000. The highest paying states for heavy equipment operators include New York, California and Alaska. Meanwhile, Illinois, Iowa, and Indiana offer the lowest salaries.

City
Average Salary
Albany, NY
Albany, NY
$52,942
$53k
Compton, CA
Compton, CA
$46,692
$47k
Salt Lake City, UT
Salt Lake City, UT
$45,593
$46k
Danvers, MA
Danvers, MA
$42,100
$42k

High Paying Heavy Equipment Operator Jobs

Average Heavy Equipment Operator Salary By Company

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 Charah and Barnard Construction Co as they offer the highest salaries for heavy equipment operators.

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Heavy Equipment Operator Salary History

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    Average Heavy Equipment Operator Pay By Industry

    Heavy equipment operator salaries can vary on many factors, including what industry a job is in. In fact, jobs with utilities, government, and energy companies tend to be the highest paying. Furthermore, a heavy equipment operator can make a yearly salary of $41,743 while working for utilities companies. All the while, other heavy equipment operators are making $39,953 at government companies and $38,190 at energy companies. One industry heavy equipment operators may want to avoid is the construction industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $37,689.

    Industry
    Average Salary
    Utilities
    Utilities
    $41,743
    $42k
    Government
    Government
    $39,953
    $40k
    Energy
    Energy
    $38,190
    $38k
    Manufacturing
    Manufacturing
    $37,791
    $38k
    Construction
    Construction
    $37,689
    $38k

    Heavy Equipment Operator Salary By Experience Level

    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.

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    $49,858
    $49,858
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    $21,079
    $21,079
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    $24,293
    $24,293
    10/29/2020
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    Athens, GA
    10/29/2020
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    $35,494
    $35,494
    10/29/2020
    Heavy Highway Equipment Operator
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    Bettendorf, IA
    Bettendorf, IA
    10/28/2020
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    $37,566
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    Columbia, SC
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    10/27/2020
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    $41,740
    $41,740
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    Nashville, TN
    10/27/2020
    10/27/2020
    $37,566
    $37,566
    10/27/2020
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    Birmingham, AL
    Birmingham, AL
    10/27/2020
    10/27/2020
    $35,479
    $35,479
    10/27/2020
    Heavy Equipment Operator
    Heavy Equipment Operator
    Sahuarita, AZ
    Sahuarita, AZ
    10/26/2020
    10/26/2020
    $31,305
    $31,305
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