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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$31,570
25th Percentile Wage
$39,110
50th Percentile Wage
$52,170
75th Percentile Wage
$66,910
90th Percentile Wage
$82,600

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 $82,600. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $52,170. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $31,570. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 161% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of crane and tower operators from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201652,1701.00%9.35%
201551,6501.80%-
201450,7204.12%-
201348,6302.76%-
201247,290--

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 $66,550. The lowest paying sector is the agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting sector (annual salary $35,950).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$66,550
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$60,710
Construction
$59,250
Federal, State, and Local Government
$58,380
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$53,350
Mining
$52,650
Transportation and Warehousing
$51,760
Retail Trade
$51,000
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$45,790
Manufacturing
$44,570
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$42,840
Wholesale Trade
$38,710
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$37,030
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 $21,900 to $94,060. The highest paying state for crane and tower operators is New York with a median annual salary of $94,060. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $21,900. 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
$94,060
Alaska
$85,000
Hawaii
$75,540
New Jersey
$69,850
Washington
$69,510
District of Columbia
$68,780
Minnesota
$68,290
Kansas
$64,230
Montana
$63,070
Nevada
$61,470
Maryland
$60,650
Michigan
$59,390
California
$59,300
New Mexico
$58,240
Wyoming
$57,480
North Dakota
$57,010
Massachusetts
$56,770
Oregon
$56,000
Virginia
$54,860
Rhode Island
$53,650
Texas
$52,700
Maine
$52,190
Kentucky
$51,910
Oklahoma
$51,900
Delaware
$51,660
South Carolina
$51,650
Florida
$51,310
Missouri
$50,220
Indiana
$50,000
Vermont
$49,770
North Carolina
$49,550
Pennsylvania
$49,300
Mississippi
$48,130
Alabama
$47,990
Iowa
$47,880
West Virginia
$47,780
Idaho
$47,590
Utah
$47,080
Colorado
$46,620
Georgia
$46,410
South Dakota
$45,430
Louisiana
$45,380
Tennessee
$45,010
New Hampshire
$44,060
Wisconsin
$42,050
Connecticut
$42,040
Arkansas
$41,350
Arizona
$41,220
Ohio
$41,020
Nebraska
$40,260
Illinois
$38,710
Guam
$35,660
Puerto Rico
$21,900


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