How Much Do Dredge Operators Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Dredge Operators

Dredge Operators operate dredge to remove sand, gravel, or other materials in order to excavate and maintain navigable channels in waterways.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$53790 per year
Hourly wage
$26 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$33,420 to $39,310 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$16 to $19 per hour

Entry-level Dredge Operators with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $33,420 to $39,310 per year or $16 to $19 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Dredge Operators to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $39 $81,160
Senior (Top 25%) $33 $67,900
Middle (Mid 50%) $24 $49,210
Junior (Bottom 25%) $19 $39,310
No experience (Bottom 10%) $16 $33,420

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
MN $35 $72,550
GA $34 $70,400
NJ $32 $67,080
MA $32 $65,550
CA $28 $59,080
MO $28 $57,950
CO $25 $51,180
TX $23 $48,640
FL $23 $48,180
IN $23 $46,880

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Dredge Operator is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like MN doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at MN might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Dredge Operators are in the states of MN, GA, NJ, MA and CA.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction $82400 $39.62
Other Specialty Trade Contractors $68510 $32.94
Local Government $57090 $27.45
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction $54870 $26.38
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying $46890 $22.55
State Government $44840 $21.56

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