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There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being a pit operator. For example, did you know that they make an average of $14.86 an hour? That's $30,919 a year!

Between 2018 and 2028, the career is expected to grow 4% and produce 32,600 job opportunities across the U.S.

What Does a Pit Operator Do

There are certain skills that many pit operators have in order to accomplish their responsibilities. By taking a look through resumes, we were able to narrow down the most common skills for a person in this position. We discovered that a lot of resumes listed alertness, communication skills and coordination.

When it comes to the most important skills required to be a pit operator, we found that a lot of resumes listed 15.7% of pit operators included safety policies, while 14.6% of resumes included rf, and 14.0% of resumes included straight truck. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

When it comes to searching for a job, many search for a key term or phrase. Instead, it might be more helpful to search by industry, as you might be missing jobs that you never thought about in industries that you didn't even think offered positions related to the pit operator job title. But what industry to start with? Most pit operators actually find jobs in the manufacturing and retail industries.

How To Become a Pit Operator

If you're interested in becoming a pit operator, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 11.6% of pit operators have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 2.1% of pit operators have master's degrees. Even though some pit operators have a college degree, it's possible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.

Choosing the right major is always an important step when researching how to become a pit operator. When we researched the most common majors for a pit operator, we found that they most commonly earn high school diploma degrees or associate degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on pit operator resumes include bachelor's degree degrees or diploma degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become a pit operator. In fact, many pit operator jobs require experience in a role such as forklift operator. Meanwhile, many pit operators also have previous career experience in roles such as machine operator or sales associate.

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Average Salary
$30,919
Average Salary
Job Growth Rate
4%
Job Growth Rate
Job Openings
16,240
Job Openings

Pit Operator Career Paths

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Top Careers After Pit Operator

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13.8 %

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Average Salary for a Pit Operator

Pit Operators in America make an average salary of $30,919 per year or $15 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $34,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $27,000 per year.
Average Salary
$30,919

Best Paying Cities

City
ascdesc
Average Salarydesc
Wausau, WI
Salary Range29k - 36k$33k$32,753
Wilkes-Barre, PA
Salary Range27k - 35k$31k$31,100
Las Vegas, NV
Salary Range27k - 35k$31k$30,962
Monroe, NJ
Salary Range26k - 34k$30k$30,136
Memphis, TN
Salary Range25k - 31k$28k$27,852
$25k
$36k

Recently Added Salaries

Job TitleCompanyascdescCompanyascdescStart DateascdescSalaryascdesc
Pit Operator
Pit Operator
Foot Locker
Foot Locker
01/27/2021
01/27/2021
$29,21801/27/2021
$29,218
Pit Operator-Order Picker/Standup Forklift (Weeknight and Weekend Day Shift Available,)
Pit Operator-Order Picker/Standup Forklift (Weeknight and Weekend Day Shift Available,)
Adidas America
Adidas America
01/11/2021
01/11/2021
$35,72901/11/2021
$35,729
Pit Operator .+ Up To 5 Shift Differential
Pit Operator .+ Up To 5 Shift Differential
Manpowergroup
Manpowergroup
11/24/2020
11/24/2020
$32,87011/24/2020
$32,870
Pit Operator-Weekend Night-166840-En_Us
Pit Operator-Weekend Night-166840-En_Us
XPO Logistics, Inc.
XPO Logistics, Inc.
11/19/2020
11/19/2020
$37,04411/19/2020
$37,044
Pit Operator
Pit Operator
Randstad
Randstad
11/15/2020
11/15/2020
$33,39211/15/2020
$33,392
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Pit Operator Demographics

Gender

male

82.3 %

female

14.6 %

unknown

3.1 %

Ethnicity

White

59.9 %

Hispanic or Latino

19.8 %

Black or African American

14.1 %

Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

66.7 %

German

11.1 %

Marshallese

11.1 %
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Pit Operator Education

Majors

Business
23.8 %

Degrees

High School Diploma

54.2 %

Associate

12.6 %

Bachelors

11.6 %
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Top Skills For a Pit Operator

The skills section on your resume can be almost as important as the experience section, so you want it to be an accurate portrayal of what you can do. Luckily, we've found all of the skills you'll need so even if you don't have these skills yet, you know what you need to work on. Out of all the resumes we looked through, 15.7% of pit operators listed safety policies on their resume, but soft skills such as alertness and communication skills are important as well.

  • Safety Policies, 15.7%
  • RF, 14.6%
  • Straight Truck, 14.0%
  • Safety Committee, 8.7%
  • Storage Areas, 6.7%
  • Other Skills, 40.3%
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Best States For a Pit Operator

Some places are better than others when it comes to starting a career as a pit operator. The best states for people in this position are North Dakota, Iowa, New York, and Minnesota. Pit operators make the most in North Dakota with an average salary of $36,357. Whereas in Iowa and New York, they would average $36,151 and $35,618, respectively. While pit operators would only make an average of $35,372 in Minnesota, you would still make more there than in the rest of the country. We determined these as the best states based on job availability and pay. By finding the median salary, cost of living, and using the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Location Quotient, we narrowed down our list of states to these four.

1. Rhode Island

Total Pit Operator Jobs:
156
Highest 10% Earn:
$43,000
Location Quotient:
3.45
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

2. Iowa

Total Pit Operator Jobs:
122
Highest 10% Earn:
$44,000
Location Quotient:
0.9
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

3. Massachusetts

Total Pit Operator Jobs:
1,228
Highest 10% Earn:
$43,000
Location Quotient:
3.59
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here
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Top Pit Operator Employers

1. Amazon.com
4.7
Avg. Salary: 
$32,043
Pit Operators Hired: 
126+
2. XPO Logistics
4.6
Avg. Salary: 
$35,290
Pit Operators Hired: 
33+
3. Randstad USA
4.1
Avg. Salary: 
$30,466
Pit Operators Hired: 
15+
4. Eastbay
4.4
Avg. Salary: 
$32,400
Pit Operators Hired: 
14+
5. Integrity Staffing Solutions
4.0
Avg. Salary: 
$31,812
Pit Operators Hired: 
11+
6. Schlumberger
4.7
Avg. Salary: 
$32,026
Pit Operators Hired: 
10+

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Updated October 2, 2020