Salary for Crane and Tower Operators

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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 helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

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 compensation of around $34,170 - $95,820 based on level of experience. can expect an average pay level of sixty-four thousand and ten dollars each year.

have the highest average potential salary in Rhode Island, where they can receive normal pay levels of close to about $86,630. Employees who work in this career can make the most money in Utilities, where they can earn pay of $89,720.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 63.48 percent nationwide in that time.


Crane and Tower Operators tend to make the most in the following industries:

Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
Public Administration
Transportation and Warehousing

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Wholesale Trade
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Other Services (except Public Administration)
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Retail Trade