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bobcat operator pay

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by jeff113113, Feb 3, 2010.

  1. jeff113113

    jeff113113 Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    How much should someone get paid to operate a bobcat?
  2. NW Snow Removal

    NW Snow Removal Senior Member
    Messages: 533

    depends on the skill, but 30 is fair for snow work.
  3. blizzardsnow

    blizzardsnow Member
    Messages: 83

    30 seem like plenty to operate a skid steer that they don't own
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2010
  4. BlackIrish

    BlackIrish Senior Member
    Messages: 902

    $30 seems high but top operator skills are priceless.
    I pay $18-$24 jmo
  5. rob_cook2001

    rob_cook2001 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,192

    Depends on skill level. Like BlackIrish said a good operator is priceless. Around here for snow removal someone with little experience would start around $15-18. For a very good operator i have seen up to $26.
  6. cold_and_tired

    cold_and_tired PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,247

    My first year guy is at $15. My fourth year guy that needs absolutely no supervision or direction gets $25. He has never asked for a raise but if he did, he would get it.
  7. badabing1512

    badabing1512 Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    15 to 25 depending on exp, 30s alot
  8. ryde307

    ryde307 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,145

    30 is high for us. Its 15 for beginner and up to around 25. I could go 30 in some situations.
  9. Advantage

    Advantage Senior Member
    Messages: 766

    I know a big company around here that pays guys to run wheel loaders $12/hr!
  10. iceyman

    iceyman 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,925

    i guess if people need the money theyll work for that amount... seems awful low to be out in the cold all day
  11. Westhardt Corp.

    Westhardt Corp. Senior Member
    Messages: 845

    Agreed--in Chicagoland, a top-notch "point and shoot" SS operator is worth $30. Entry level "go play in the salt pile" guys are worth $18-20, with average skill coming in between.
  12. dforbes

    dforbes Senior Member
    Messages: 247

    I don't pay an operator for a bobcat. When the bobcat gets ran I do it myself. I really had not thought about this question. I would think that $30 per hour would be on the low side for a good operator for snow. There are very few people that really know how to run a bobcat properly in our area, at least that I have seen. I will be interested to see what the guys that pay their workers $25 per hour for sidewalks pay for a good bobcat operator.
  13. lawnkale

    lawnkale Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 155

    i pay my sidewalks guys more than bobcat operator cause their in heated cab and its easy. The sidewalks guys are out in the cold and doing alot of work. I can find operators all day long but a good shovel guys is one you want to keep
  14. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    You pay? I've been doing it for free it's so fun.....

    Like driveway prices, very localized. Around here you would have a line a mile long at $30. Some of those guys would be in suits and ties.
  15. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    $30 is too high for someone driving your equip
    $15 would make alot of people happy here
  16. bossman22

    bossman22 Senior Member
    Messages: 104

    We have our own bobcat I either operate it or run the dmax another guy will run it sometimes and im not gonna lie he is alot faster than me im good but he is an excavator with a skid in the summer so... I quit.
  17. Pushin 2 Please

    Pushin 2 Please PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,582

    I pay my best guy $30 a hour for driving my pick-up. Over payed? Yes, but he is very realiable and I don't have to go back and check the lots out. My favorite thing is he doesn't beat on the equipment and still gets the work done in a timely fashion!
  18. Mackman

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

    15/hr around here would get you a caged monkey. 25-30/hr is the norm. Same price for someone to run a pick-up
  19. dfrench

    dfrench Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    i think i should come out to chicago for the winter and work for pushin2please
  20. creativedesigns

    creativedesigns PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,929

    I think 2COR has extended skills of Bobcat training! You should see him operate them skidders on a job site....:laughing:

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