Worker operating a crane at a construction site

Crane operator salary

How much does a construction worker make in US?

Let’s know about it from example of Crane and Tower Operators:

Salary: $30,520 – $81,450
Min. Education: Certification, training and education requirements vary by the State.
Job Outlook 2014-24: 3% (Slower than average)
Related Careers: Construction Equipment Operators, Water Transportation Workers, Heavy and Tractor-trailer Truck Drivers & Hand Laborers and Material Movers.

As of May 2016, crane operators in US earned an average wage of $24.72 an hour and $50,720 a year according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Earning vary by location and industry.

Pay for crane operators by Industry

Average salary of crane operators employed by specialty trade contractors is $59,050 per year. Seaports as support for water transportation crane operators earned comparable pay, averaging $58,670 per year. Crane operators in nonresidential building construction made somewhat less, an average of $53,060 a year. Big construction machine operators who worked in mining averaged $47,020 per year, and those employed by iron and steel mills made an average of $45,710 per year.

Pay for crane operators by Region

To attract qualified candidates employers must offer higher wages in certain areas of the country. The highest-paying regions for Crane and Tower Operators in 2016 were: Hawaii, Washington, Montana, New York & California.

Where the highest crane operator`s salaries are




State Salary (hourly)
Hawaii $35.67
Washington $34.81
Montana $34.31
New York $34.22
California $33.72


Where the lowest crane operator’s salaries are




State Salary (hourly)
Puerto Rico $13.65
Guam $19.64
Connecticut $19.76
Ohio $20.01
Arizona $20.68


Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Data extracted on February 20, 2016

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