December 15, 2022
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How Much Money Does a Tower Crane Operator Make?

How much money does a tower crane operator make? 

Tower crane operators earn an average annual base salary of $77,792, according to the 2022 Construction Craft Salary Survey. That equates to $37.40/hour.  

These numbers do not include overtime, per diem or other incentives that can increase earnings and benefits.  

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the highest 10% of crane and tower operators earned more than $95,820 annually.  

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. To learn more about tower crane operation, check out our tower crane operator career page.