How Much Do Pile-Driver Operators Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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

Pile-Driver Operators

Pile-Driver Operators operate pile drivers mounted on skids, barges, crawler treads, or locomotive cranes to drive pilings for retaining walls, bulkheads, and foundations of structures such as buildings, bridges, and piers.

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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
$71880 per year
Hourly wage
$35 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$37,010 to $47,590 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$18 to $23 per hour

Entry-level Pile-Driver Operators with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $37,010 to $47,590 per year or $18 to $23 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 Pile-Driver 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%) $55 $115,290
Senior (Top 25%) $47 $97,190
Middle (Mid 50%) $30 $63,370
Junior (Bottom 25%) $23 $47,590
No experience (Bottom 10%) $18 $37,010

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
NY $53 $109,420
IL $48 $100,740
CA $46 $95,480
MA $41 $85,610
PA $41 $85,500
NJ $40 $82,920
OR $36 $75,490
WA $35 $72,430
MN $35 $72,200
TX $32 $66,560

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

According to BLS, the highest paid Pile-Driver Operators are in the states of NY, IL, CA, MA and PA.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction $80340 $38.62
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction $70670 $33.97
Utility System Construction $70370 $33.83
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors $67950 $32.67
Nonresidential Building Construction $67420 $32.41
Other Specialty Trade Contractors $61550 $29.59

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One Comment on “How Much Do Pile-Driver Operators Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)”

  1. Wow, I had no idea that becoming a pile driver had such a high job rate. It’s good to know that its a position that is always needed and can make good money. I’ll have to look into this and see if it’s for me or not.

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