Operators who can use and operate a wide variety of equipment have the best job opportunities.
Average earnings are around $18 an hour and vary depending on the segment of the industry. Due to a pile drivers and crane operator specialization they tend to make the most out of other heavy equipment operators. A general range for a heavy equipment operators salary would be $35,000 to $45,000.
Hourly rate broken down by job type:
- Pile Drivers
$26-19 + benefits
- Heavy machine operators
$21-17 + benefits
- Asphalt paving
$16-15 + benefits