Salary for Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators

Also known as:  Back Hoe Operator, Backhoe Operator, Dragline Oiler, Earth Moving Equipment Operator, End Loader Operator, Excavator, Excavator Backhoe Operator, Payloader Operator, Shovel Operator, Trenching Machine Operator helps construction professionals find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations.

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These workers operate heavy machinery with scoops or shovels in order to excavate loose materials from the earth. This occupation is dangerous as it deals with heavy lifting and heavy-duty machine operation. To qualify for this position, a high school diploma or GED is usually required. Before beginning official work, it is possible that up to one year of formal training may be required.

An Excavating or Loading Machine or Dragline Operator can get a pay level on a scale from 32000 to 48000 based on experience and education levels. Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators can get average salaries of Forty Thousand One Hundred dollars on a yearly basis.

Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators are paid the highest in California, where they earn wages of near $54630. They receive the highest compensation in Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services, where they get wages of $58850.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 17.26 percent nationwide in that time.
Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators tend to make the most in the following industries
Utilities $58,850
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $45,230
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting $40,950
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $40,610
Construction $40,480
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction $39,010
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Retail Trade $28,780
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing $31,870
Wholesale Trade $33,010
Other Services (except Public Administration) $33,480
Manufacturing $37,340
Public Administration $37,630