Crane and Tower Operator Salary Information in Washington

The average annual and hourly salaries for crane and tower operators in the state of Washington are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of crane and tower operators amongst Washington metropolitan areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Crane and Tower Operators in Washington

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$41,720
25th Percentile Wage
$53,780
50th Percentile Wage
$69,510
75th Percentile Wage
$85,450
90th Percentile Wage
$99,140

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for crane and tower operators in Washington in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $99,140. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $69,510. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $41,720.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$20.05
25th Percentile Wage
$25.86
50th Percentile Wage
$33.42
75th Percentile Wage
$41.08
90th Percentile Wage
$47.66

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for crane and tower operators in Washington in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $47.66. The median hourly salary is $33.42. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $20.05.

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
201669,510-2.09%-4.17%
201570,960-4.54%-
201474,1800.74%-
201373,6301.66%-
201272,410--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Crane and Tower Operators in Washington Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of crane and tower operators in some Washington cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of crane and tower operators in state of Washington ranges from $63,790 to $72,890. The highest paying area for crane and tower operators in Washington is Wenatchee-East Wenatchee with a median annual salary of $72,890. The second highest paying city/area in Washington State is Spokane (mean annual salary $70,790). The lowest paying area is Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro with a median annual salary of $63,790.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Wenatchee-East Wenatchee
$72,890
Spokane
$70,790
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett
$70,410
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue
$69,510
Bellingham
$69,110
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland
$69,050
Tacoma
$67,410
Bremerton-Silverdale
$65,880
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro
$63,790


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