Salary for Crane and Tower Operators

Also known as:  Boom Crane Operator, Bridge Crane Operator, Cherry Picker Operator, Coal Tower Operator, Electric Crane Operator, Erecting Crane Operator, Monorail Crane Operator, Overhead Crane Operator, Port Crane Operator, Radio Control Crane Operator

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Crane and tower operators work with cranes and other machinery that lifts and moves materials. This occupation is dangerous as it deals with heavy lifting and heavy-duty machine operation. To become a crane or tower operator, education at a technical school is usually required. Before beginning official work, one to two years of formal training may be required.

A Crane or Tower Operator will usually earn a wage of around 40000 and 60000 based on education and experience. Crane and Tower Operators usually receive an average pay level of Fifty Thousand One Hundred dollars on a yearly basis.

Crane and Tower Operators obtain the highest pay in Nevada, where they get job pay of close to $74180. People in this category of job can obtain the highest compensation in Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services, which has average pay levels of $56730.

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ANNUAL SALARY
HOURLY RATE
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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 27.86 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Crane and Tower Operators tend to make the most in the following industries
Utilities $56,730
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $56,340
Construction $55,590
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing $55,430
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction $51,110
Transportation and Warehousing $51,000
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Wholesale Trade $36,080
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting $39,820
Retail Trade $39,960
Manufacturing $44,860
Management of Companies and Enterprises $44,890
Public Administration $48,220
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