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Heavy Equipment Operator

Career Overview  

Heavy equipment operators use mobile construction equipment, including cranes, bulldozers, and conveyors. 

Skills and Abilities 

Set grade stakes and perform basic surveying activities; proficient in different pieces of heavy equipment. 


  • $60,910 (annually)
  • $29.28 (hourly)

Salary Ranges (entry level > experienced) 

  • $52,661 - $77,720 (annually)
  • $25.32 - $37.12 (hourly)

*SOURCE: Occupational Employment Statistics Program, US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, for Colorado, from May 2018. https://www.bls.gov/oes/

 * Entry Level wage rates based on the average of the lower 1/3 of the wage distribution. Experienced wage rates based on the average of the top 10% of the wage distribution.


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