Crane And Tower Operators

Training Requirements for Crane And Tower Operators

Crane and tower operators need a high school diploma or equivalent, less than 5 years experience and moderate-term on-the-job training.

Degrees for Crane and tower operators
Percent
Less than High School 17.5
High School 49.1
Some College 24.7
Associates Degree 4.5
Bachelors Degree 3.5
Masters Degree 0.7
Doctorate or Professional Degree 0.1

Employment Outlook for Crane And Tower Operators

This represents about 45,000 people in the United States.

Over the next 10 years there will be aproximately 3,000 more crane and tower operators but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 19,000 more.

Typical Income for Crane And Tower Operators

Hourly Income

On average,crane and tower operators make $26.58 per hour.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Crane and tower operators $15.18 $18.80 $25.08 $32.17 $39.71
Transportation and material moving occupations $9.21 $10.91 $14.78 $20.76 $28.50
Material moving workers $9.03 $10.17 $12.62 $16.67 $21.75
National Average $9.27 $11.60 $17.81 $28.92 $45.45

Annual Salaries

On average, crane and tower operators make $55,280 per year.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Crane and tower operators $31,570 $39,110 $52,170 $66,910 $82,600
Transportation and material moving occupations $19,150 $22,680 $30,730 $43,170 $59,270
Material moving workers $18,780 $21,160 $26,240 $34,670 $45,240
National Average $19,290 $24,140 $37,040 $60,150 $94,540

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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