Mobile crane operators use state-of-the-art heavy machinery to move construction materials, earth and even petroleum products over short distances.

Mobile crane operators use state-of-the-art heavy machinery to move construction materials, earth and even petroleum products over short distances.

Mobile crane operators drive and control cranes that move around the job site and use a telescoping boom to raise and lower materials and equipment. BYF.org

Tower crane operators control the tall tower cranes that are used to lift materials and equipment in the construction of skyscrapers and other large structures. BYF.org

“Your not sitting at a desk. You’re not doing the same thing everyday…I am making more money, having more fun, and it’s overall more intersting.”

– Dan, Crane Operator

 

 

 

2022 Average Annual Salary *

Mobile Crane Operator: $73,285

Tower Crane Operator: $77,792

* 2022 NCCER Construction Craft Survey Results

Education *

Learn on the job after earning a high school diploma or equivalent, through an apprenticeship, or by attending vocational schools.  

* Bureau of Labor Statistics

Work Environment *

Crane operators work indoors and outdoors in a variety of industries. 

* Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Job Outlook *

Overall employment of material moving machine operators is projected to grow 7 percent from 2020 to 2030.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics