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Crane and Tower Operator Salary Information

The salary statistics of crane and tower operators are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of crane and tower operators within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The crane and tower operators annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2014 and published in May 2015 [1].

Table 1. Crane and Tower Operator Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$81,450
75th Percentile Wage
$64,810
50th Percentile Wage
$50,720
25th Percentile Wage
$38,890
10th Percentile Wage
$30,520

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for crane and tower operators. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) crane and tower operators is $81,450. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $50,720. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $30,520. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 166% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Table 2. Salary Trend

YearAverage Annual SalaryGrowth (%)
2014 $50,720 4.30%
2013 $48,630 2.83%
2012 $47,290 1.79%
2011 $46,460 0.50%
2010 $46,230 -

Table 2 shows the salary trend for crane and tower operators from 2010 to 2014. We note that from 2010 to 2014 the average salary has increased by 9.71%. We note that in 2013 the average salary increased by 2.83%. We also note that the average annual wage had a moderate growth of 1.79% in 2012 and a very small growth of 0.50% in 2011.

Table 3. Average Salary of Crane and Tower Operators vs. Related Jobs

Table 4. Crane and Tower Operator Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of crane and tower operators in 12 major industry sectors are shown in Table 4. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for crane and tower operators occupations is the utilities sector with an annual salary $68,380. The lowest paying sector is the wholesale trade sector (annual salary $37,760).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$68,380
Federal, State, and Local Government
$56,540
Construction
$56,320
Transportation and Warehousing
$55,620
Mining
$53,940
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$52,290
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$47,880
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$45,400
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$44,510
Manufacturing
$44,040
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$41,490
Wholesale Trade
$37,760

Table 5. Median Annual Wage of Crane and Tower Operators by States

From the above tables we note that not only crane and tower operators salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of crane and tower operators in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $23,230 to $74,990. The highest paying state for crane and tower operators is California with a median annual salary of $74,990. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $23,230. For more salary information of crane and tower operators profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
California
$74,990
Washington
$74,180
Hawaii
$74,020
Montana
$68,710
Alaska
$67,930
Wyoming
$65,830
New Jersey
$65,520
Minnesota
$64,820
Maryland
$63,510
Nevada
$63,060
Indiana
$60,420
New York
$60,400
Illinois
$56,720
North Dakota
$56,080
New Mexico
$55,720
Rhode Island
$55,600
Oregon
$54,940
Idaho
$53,850
Virginia
$53,700
Texas
$52,540
Utah
$52,400
Missouri
$52,000
South Carolina
$50,920
Massachusetts
$50,540
Maine
$49,960
Oklahoma
$49,710
Florida
$49,250
Michigan
$48,780
Colorado
$48,640
District of Columbia
$48,360
Alabama
$47,590
Kansas
$46,420
Iowa
$46,130
Louisiana
$46,060
Kentucky
$46,030
Pennsylvania
$45,730
Connecticut
$45,530
South Dakota
$45,450
Georgia
$45,340
Nebraska
$45,190
New Hampshire
$44,820
North Carolina
$44,630
Vermont
$44,220
Arizona
$43,020
Guam
$42,930
Wisconsin
$42,740
Tennessee
$42,130
Delaware
$41,400
Mississippi
$39,920
Arkansas
$39,430
Ohio
$37,450
West Virginia
$35,430
Puerto Rico
$23,230