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

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

Excavating Machine Operators

Excavating Machine Operators operate or tend machinery equipped with scoops, shovels, or buckets, to excavate and load loose materials.

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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
$48500 per year
Hourly wage
$23 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$31,660 to $36,630 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$15 to $18 per hour

Entry-level Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $31,660 to $36,630 per year or $15 to $18 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 Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline 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%) $34 $70,840
Senior (Top 25%) $27 $56,820
Middle (Mid 50%) $22 $45,150
Junior (Bottom 25%) $18 $36,630
No experience (Bottom 10%) $15 $31,660

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
AK $34 $69,880
WY $33 $69,550
ND $33 $68,650
NY $33 $67,670
NV $31 $63,790
NM $31 $63,440
CT $30 $63,060
NJ $30 $62,860
CA $30 $62,520
DE $28 $58,580

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

According to BLS, the highest paid Excavating Machine Operators are in the states of AK, WY, ND, NY and NV.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution $71580 $34.41
Oil and Gas Extraction $68290 $32.83
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors $63200 $30.38
Nonresidential Building Construction $62830 $30.21
Coal Mining $60420 $29.05
Facilities Support Services $56710 $27.26
Building Equipment Contractors $56010 $26.93
Metal Ore Mining $53370 $25.66
Utility System Construction $51510 $24.77
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing $50740 $24.40
Waste Treatment and Disposal $50070 $24.07
Waste Collection $50060 $24.07
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills $48960 $23.54
Chemical Manufacturing $48810 $23.46
Death Care Services $47760 $22.96
Truck Transportation $47310 $22.75
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction $47250 $22.72
Residential Building Construction $47020 $22.60
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers $46750 $22.48
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing $46340 $22.28
Other Specialty Trade Contractors $46220 $22.22
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying $45720 $21.98
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction $45650 $21.95
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods $45340 $21.80
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services $45330 $21.80
Support Activities for Water Transportation $45060 $21.66
Support Activities for Mining $44200 $21.25
Local Government $43610 $20.97
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods $43550 $20.94
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing $42660 $20.51

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