How much does a Heavy Equipment Operator make in the United States? The average Heavy Equipment Operator salary in the United States is $64,602 as of June 28, 2020, but the range typically falls between $54,017 and $73,302. 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, Salary.com helps you determine your exact pay target. 

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Job Description for Heavy Equipment Operator

Heavy Equipment Operator operates heavy machinery, such as a tractor, bulldozer, backhoe, or excavator, for the purposes of construction, demolition, or excavation. May be responsible for routine maintenance or repairs. Being a Heavy Equipment Operator may need state licensing. May require a high school diploma or its equivalent. Additionally, Heavy Equipment Operator typically reports to a supervisor. The Heavy Equipment Operator has gained proficiency in multiple competencies relevant to the job. Works independently within established procedures associated with the specific job function. To be a Heavy Equipment Operator typically requires 3-5 years of related experience, or may have 2 years experience plus an associates degree, or additional training or certification. (Copyright 2020 Salary.com)... View full job description

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City, State Compared to national average
City, State San Francisco, CA Compared to national average
+ 25.3%
City, State Washington, DC Compared to national average
+ 10.7%
City, State Miami, FL Compared to national average
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City, State Chicago, IL Compared to national average
+ 6.0%
City, State Boston, MA Compared to national average
+ 12.9%
City, State New York, NY Compared to national average
+ 21.0%
City, State Dallas, TX Compared to national average
-1.0%

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Skills associated with Heavy Equipment Operator: Vehicle Inspection/Cleaning/Maintenance, Heavy Equipment Operation

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