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what is the going rate for a loader operator?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by mass1589, Jan 28, 2011.

  1. mass1589

    mass1589 Senior Member
    from mass
    Messages: 338

    like it sais im wondering what the going rate for a front end loader operator is? im in massachusetts, and im thinkn something along the lines of an l110 or l90 front end loader?


    thanks
     
  2. stan the man

    stan the man Senior Member
    from maine
    Messages: 296

    what part mass are you in. i am avon mass right now doing loader work from maine
     
  3. cold_and_tired

    cold_and_tired PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,246

    I pay my operators between $20 and $30 an hour depending on their skill level and dependability.
     
  4. mass1589

    mass1589 Senior Member
    from mass
    Messages: 338

    wow i was almost hoping to be lowballed at 25 an hour as an offer..... i always thought there was much higher paying rate for these machines.... i spent almost a thousand bucks in total to get my 2a1c license. for some reason i thot maybe around 50 was the range.
     
  5. cold_and_tired

    cold_and_tired PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,246

    What is a 2a1c license?

    Around here, operators are a dime a dozen right now. What excavating and construction companies are left after the recession have laid just about everyone off for the winter.

    When I was an operator for Kiewit Construction, about 6 years ago, I made $23 an hour. I think the only way to make $50 an hour as an operator is to run a HUGE crane (200 ton+) or work as a long shoreman running the cranes that load/unload cargo ships.

    I would say that $15-20 an hour for an operator is about average for summer work. I bump it up in the winter because of the schedules, cold, long hours, etc.
     
  6. fisher guy

    fisher guy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,068

    cold and tired is right ive been runing equipment for a lil over 5 years mainly rough grade dozer, trackhoes etc. due to the crappy economy construction companies are begging for work loader operators are a dime a dozen lets face it front end loaders are pretty easy to run so the pay shows it during snow you'll be lucky to get 25 an hour during summer months maybe 16-18 the only way i see u getting more then that is maybe getting on with a union sorry to burst ur bubble
     
  7. fisher guy

    fisher guy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,068

    hey cold and tired a 2a1c is the license you have to have to run any kind of heavy equipment in massachusetts. its a joke i believe were the only state in the country that makes operators get a license
     
  8. cold_and_tired

    cold_and_tired PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,246

    What kind of training is involved? Sometimes I wish we had a license of some kind for operators. I get applicants that say they have operated equipment before but didn't even know how to start a machine.

    It would be nice to get guys that are at least knowledgeable when it comes to basic machine operation.
     
  9. Mackman

    Mackman PlowSite.com Addict
    from S.E. PA
    Messages: 1,356

    25-30 where im at is the avg.
     
  10. mass1589

    mass1589 Senior Member
    from mass
    Messages: 338

    wow guess im right on at 25....


    as for the info about the 2a1c its an overall test on the operations and managment of hydraulics. they go over things from maintence to proper uses to parts and laws pertaining to the equipment.

    i felt it was a great class to leanr about all the diferent aspects involving a piece of equipment but i dont think the cost is on par. its reallly expensive for a piece of paper.....
     
  11. Mackman

    Mackman PlowSite.com Addict
    from S.E. PA
    Messages: 1,356

    How much $$$
     
  12. mass1589

    mass1589 Senior Member
    from mass
    Messages: 338

    200 for a test fee, class was 475, book, was 75, liscense fee of 75, and day off from work since the test is only offered during the week no nights or weekends...

    so a gradn total of about 1000 when all said and done.
     
  13. Mackman

    Mackman PlowSite.com Addict
    from S.E. PA
    Messages: 1,356

    Gotcha....
     
  14. fisher guy

    fisher guy PlowSite.com Addict
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    wow thats surprising i dont know if having experience helps but last i heard the test was only 75 and it was just basic safety skills that anyone should know but i take it u went through a school if u go through the local town hall its different...ive never been one to go through schools my cdl i paid 300 to be tested with a truck
     
  15. mass1589

    mass1589 Senior Member
    from mass
    Messages: 338

    yea i dont know about going any other rout i just found out through word of mouth with people i knew working in the field. they recomended it to me as i have never operated any type of hydraulic equipment. im not knockn the course by anymeans i learned a ton of information. my problem is that i was 20 years old and the state makes these fees crazyyyy high money and the cost of getting it is that much high. for no reason as a young person tryin to get a job it puts you in the red hard!
     
  16. fisher guy

    fisher guy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,068

    oh i know what u mean im 23 i got my experience down south working my way up from a shovel this state loves hitting u in the wallet ive noticed
     
  17. fisher guy

    fisher guy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,068

    i almost had a heart attack when i see this[​IMG]
     
  18. fisher guy

    fisher guy PlowSite.com Addict
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    woops sorry wrong thread lol