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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$30,910
25th Percentile Wage
$38,840
50th Percentile Wage
$52,200
75th Percentile Wage
$68,160
90th Percentile Wage
$84,290

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 $84,290. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $52,200. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $30,910. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 172% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of crane and tower operators from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$52,200
0.06% 9.41%
2016
$52,170
1.00% -
2015
$51,650
1.80% -
2014
$50,720
4.12% -
2013
$48,630
2.76% -
2012
$47,290
- -

Table 2. Crane and Tower Operator Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of crane and tower operators in 14 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. 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 $70,900. The lowest paying sector is the agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting sector (annual salary $35,950).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$70,900
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$64,300
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$62,010
Construction
$60,450
Federal, State, and Local Government
$59,300
Retail Trade
$56,630
Mining
$53,860
Transportation and Warehousing
$51,710
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$49,570
Manufacturing
$44,390
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$40,420
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$40,140
Wholesale Trade
$38,310
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$35,950

Table 3. 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 $20,230 to $103,320. The highest paying state for crane and tower operators is New York with a median annual salary of $103,320. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $20,230. 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
New York
$103,320
Alaska
$80,710
Hawaii
$76,560
Washington
$72,210
New Jersey
$69,770
District of Columbia
$67,980
Montana
$65,480
Nevada
$65,370
Kansas
$62,410
New Hampshire
$62,270
Oregon
$60,780
Virginia
$59,890
North Dakota
$59,850
Wyoming
$58,370
Minnesota
$57,450
New Mexico
$57,420
California
$57,190
Maryland
$55,850
Iowa
$54,740
Massachusetts
$54,260
Oklahoma
$53,880
Rhode Island
$53,650
Texas
$52,670
Maine
$52,140
Idaho
$51,080
Vermont
$50,910
West Virginia
$50,870
Indiana
$50,730
Colorado
$50,450
Utah
$50,280
North Carolina
$50,090
Pennsylvania
$50,030
Tennessee
$49,760
Michigan
$48,830
South Dakota
$48,770
Florida
$48,540
Louisiana
$48,540
Connecticut
$46,530
Delaware
$46,130
Illinois
$45,850
Missouri
$45,630
Kentucky
$45,440
South Carolina
$44,890
Arizona
$44,800
Alabama
$44,560
Wisconsin
$44,210
Mississippi
$44,100
Nebraska
$41,260
Ohio
$41,030
Arkansas
$40,790
Guam
$40,520
Georgia
$39,690
Puerto Rico
$20,230



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