7 Heavy Equipment Jobs & Salaries

By Rae Keinan


There is much more to heavy equipment operating than you might think. Crane operator Elliot Jones, says, “it's just amazing how those machines are so powerful, what [operators] can do with them...it's not a day at the office, I tell you.”

Why should you consider getting a heavy equipment certificate? Well, heavy equipment jobs are going to grow by 5% from 2014-2024 and you might even find yourself landing a contract working on a multi-million dollar project!

Check some of the powerful machines you could be operating with a heavy equipment certificate:

Backhoe Operator

Backhoe Operator: $19.87/ hour ($40.5K)

Sample Tasks: Digging a hole & uprooting a tree.

Front End Loader Operator

Front End Loader Operator: $19.87/ hour ($40K)

Sample Task: Scooping up sand or gravel and moving it to a different location.

Mobile Crane Operator

Mobile Crane Operator: $24.08/ hour ($71K)

Sample Tasks: Carrying a broken car to a tow pound & moving a large load of material between working sites.

Excavator Operator

Excavator Operator: $19.88/ hour ($58K)

Sample Tasks: Retrieving an object out of the mud & demolishing a house.

Motor Grader Operator

Motor Grader Operator: $20.21/ hour ($47K)

Sample Tasks: Creating a flat surface & producing a drainage ditch.

Bulldozer Operator

Bulldozer Operator: $18.21/ hours ($45K)

Sample Tasks: Pushing a large quantity of soil & flattening debris.

Tower Crane Operator

Tower Crane Operator: $32.17/ hour ($58K)

Sample Tasks: Lifting an equipment load of 10 ton & moving around shipping containers.


The great part is that you don’t have to specialize only in one machine! Getting a heavy equipment certificate or crane operator certificate could give you the opportunity to operate many of these machines.


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Salary ranges are national averages calculated using Payscale.com.

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