How much does a Crane/Tower Operator make in the United States? The average Crane/Tower Operator salary in the United States is $51,341 as of August 27, 2023, but the range typically falls between $41,287 and $62,594. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, helps you determine your exact pay target. 

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Crane/Tower Operator Salaries by Percentile
Percentile Salary Location Last Updated
10th Percentile Crane/Tower Operator Salary $32,134 US August 27, 2023
25th Percentile Crane/Tower Operator Salary $41,287 US August 27, 2023
50th Percentile Crane/Tower Operator Salary $51,341 US August 27, 2023
75th Percentile Crane/Tower Operator Salary $62,594 US August 27, 2023
90th Percentile Crane/Tower Operator Salary $72,839 US August 27, 2023
25% $41,287 10% $32,134 90% $72,839 75% $62,594 $51,341 50%(Median) Didn’t find job title? Click
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Job Description for Crane/Tower Operator

Crane/Tower Operator operates electric tower crane equipment. Requires a high school diploma or its equivalent and at least 4 years of experience in the field or in a related area. Being a Crane/Tower Operator is familiar with a variety of the field's concepts, practices, and procedures. Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Additionally, Crane/Tower Operator performs a variety of complicated tasks. May lead and direct the work of others. May report directly to a supervisor or manager. A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected. (Copyright 2023 View full job description

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