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

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Logging Equipment Operators

Logging Equipment Operators drive logging tractor or wheeled vehicle equipped with one or more accessories, such as bulldozer blade, frontal shear, grapple, logging arch, cable winches, hoisting rack, or crane boom, to fell tree; to skid, load, unload, or stack logs; or to pull stumps or clear brush. Includes operating stand-alone logging machines, such as log chippers.

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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
$43570 per year
Hourly wage
$21 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$25,760 to $33,080 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$12 to $16 per hour

Entry-level Logging Equipment Operators with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $25,760 to $33,080 per year or $12 to $16 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Logging Equipment 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%) $30 $63,050
Senior (Top 25%) $25 $52,780
Middle (Mid 50%) $21 $43,210
Junior (Bottom 25%) $16 $33,080
No experience (Bottom 10%) $12 $25,760

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
AK $33 $67,640
AZ $29 $60,840
ID $28 $57,470
WA $27 $56,880
CA $26 $54,260
OK $25 $52,090
OR $25 $51,180
LA $23 $47,650
MD $22 $46,090
MS $22 $46,050

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Logging Equipment 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 Logging Equipment Operators are in the states of AK, AZ, ID, WA and CA.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Other Specialty Trade Contractors $52020 $25.01
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing $46660 $22.43
Truck Transportation $45310 $21.78
Logging $44810 $21.54
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods $42460 $20.41
Services to Buildings and Dwellings $38940 $18.72
Sawmills and Wood Preservation $36720 $17.65
Employment Services $35200 $16.92
Other Wood Product Manufacturing $32820 $15.78

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