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Heavy Equipment Operator

CAREER OVERVIEW

Heavy equipment operators use mobile construction equipment, including cranes, bulldozers, and conveyors.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Set grade stakes and perform basic surveying activities; proficient in different pieces of heavy equipment.

AVERAGE SALARY

  • $62,670 (annually)
  • $30.13 (hourly)

SALARY RANGES

  • $53,030 – $79,620 (annually)
  • $25.50 – $38.28 (hourly)

*SOURCE: Occupational Employment Statistics Program, US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, for Colorado, from May 2020. https://www.bls.gov/oes/

 * Low range wage rates based on the 25th percentile wage level. High range wage rates based on the 90th percentile wage level.

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