Career Profile

Crane & Tower Operators

Education High school diploma or equivalent
This is the typical education required for an entry-level position.
Earnings $58,400
This is the typical median salary earned for an entry-level position.

Crane and Tower Operators operate mechanical equipment to lift and move materials, machines, or products.

General Information

Operate mechanical boom and cable or tower and cable equipment to lift and move materials, machines, or products in many directions.

Crane & Tower Operators

Occupational Outlook

For the Rural Capital Area


Job Opportunities

Over the next five years, an average of 28 openings per year are projected for Crane & Tower Operators.


Employment Change

Employment for Crane & Tower Operators is forecasted to increase on par with the regional average by 14.6% between 2022 and 2027.


Earnings Potential

An average worker in this occupation is paid $28.06/hour. Entry level workers are paid $19.10, while experienced workers are paid $32.55. The median wage is comparable to average regional wages across occupations.

Local Employment Opportunities

There are 193 Crane & Tower Operators in the RCA region. By 2027 this number could reach 221.

Top 5 Employing Industries, Locally

The top industries employing Crane & Tower Operators are Other Specialty Trade Contractors, Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction, and Utility System Construction.

Knowledge Areas

The top most significant knowledge categories for Crane & Tower Operators include Mechanical, Mathematics, and Transportation.

Educational Attainment Patterns

The most common level of education for Crane & Tower Operators is HS diploma or less. 13% of people employed in these roles have some form of college degree.

Sources: BLS   JobsEQ®   ONET