Crane operator earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Crane operator salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Hawaii $86,230
Alaska $81,000
Massachusetts $59,670
Washington $72,310
Oregon $69,560
New Jersey $69,860
Connecticut $65,120
Nevada $70,040
Virginia $60,990
California $63,280
North Dakota $61,660
Montana $66,080
Indiana $53,180
Wyoming $59,240
New Mexico $59,200
Kansas $54,890
Colorado $53,520
South Dakota $57,390
Pennsylvania $50,052
Maryland $57,090
Illinois $48,070
Iowa $54,960
Minnesota $48,500
Texas $54,310
Florida $55,700
Kentucky $49,680
West Virginia $51,970
Idaho $53,150
Tennessee $52,240
Nebraska $49,880
Louisiana $49,520
South Carolina $48,760
Maine $52,770
Vermont $50,640
Oklahoma $48,760
Arizona $47,380
Georgia $50,960
Utah $51,170
North Carolina $48,470
Alabama $49,200
Ohio $44,030
Wisconsin $43,520
Missouri $40,830
Michigan $43,600
Mississippi $43,840
Delaware $44,340
Guam $41,560
District of Columbia $31,870
Arkansas $36,660
Puerto Rico $20,610

How much does a Crane Operator earn?

A crane operator's salary is approximately $40,000/yr to $60,000/yr, based on education and experience. However, if a crane operator lives in a bustling city that has a lot of high-rise construction projects, like New York City, he or she could make a lot of money. New York City crane operators can make upwards of $500,000/yr in pay, benefits, and overtime, according to the Real Estate Board of New York, which represents the construction industry.

The crane operator is usually the last person to leave the site. As long as the crane operator is still up there, work continues. The days are long and breaks few, but relief drivers are on hand when nature calls. The nature of the work and making a decent crane operator's salary could mean uprooting from one city to another for nine months at a time.

How do crane operator salaries compare to similar careers?

Crane operators earn about the same as related careers in the United States. On average, they make less than surveyors but more than gaffers.

Career Median Salary
Surveyor salary $63K
Marine electrician salary $60K
Building and construction inspector salary $60K
Commercial diver salary $49K
Ironworker salary $54K
Crane operator salary $54K
Pipefitter salary $52K
Plumber salary $50K
Brickmason salary $51K
Gaffer salary $36K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)