Salary for Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators

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Also known as:  Backhoe Operator, Dragline Oiler, Dragline Operator, Equipment Operator, Excavator Operator, Heavy Equipment Operator, Loader Operator, Pit Operator, Track Hoe Operator helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

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.

A Excavating or Loading Machine or Dragline Operator will most likely earn wages that can range from $31,660 to $70,840 based on experience and talent. usually get an average wage of fourty-eight thousand five hundred dollars on an annual basis.

make the most money in Alaska, where they get average compensation of close to about $69,880. These employees make the highest salary in Utilities, which has job pay of $82,570.

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Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators tend to make the most in the following industries:

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
Transportation and Warehousing

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Retail Trade
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Public Administration
Wholesale Trade
Other Services (except Public Administration)
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