Salary for Hoist and Winch Operators

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Hoist and winch operators work with hoists and winches to lift and pull loads using cable equipment. This occupation is dangerous as it deals with heavy lifting and heavy-duty machine operation. To qualify for this position, a high school diploma is usually required. Before beginning official work, up to one year of formal training may be required.

A Hoist or Winch Operator earns a pay level between $31,310 to $98,560 depending on education and experience. will normally receive a wage of sixty-two thousand seven hundred and thirty dollars annually.

can get the best compensation in Minnesota, where they can earn an average pay rate of approximately $78,860. Employees in this career have the most lucrative average salary level in Utilities, which has wages of $91,010.

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Hoist and Winch Operators tend to make the most in the following industries:

Other Services (except Public Administration)
Transportation and Warehousing
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Wholesale Trade
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
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