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After graduation, heavy equipment operation graduates typically earn high salaries compared to the national average. Top earners make $149,623, while the bottom 20% make closer to $41,228. The median grad salary is $78,541.

Heavy Equipment Operation graduate salaries over time

The typical early career salary for someone with a bachelor’s degree in heavy equipment operation is $48,308, and within five years of graduation, this average salary goes up to $54,803.

This chart maps the average workforce wage by years of experience:

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Wage Range Median Wage

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