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Crane Operator

Kaiwhakamahi Wakaranga

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Crane operators use cranes to move objects such as materials on construction sites, containers on wharves and heavy parts in factories.


Crane operators usually earn

$18-$35 per hour

Very experienced crane operators working on some large cranes can earn

$60-$70 per hour

Source: Crane Association of New Zealand, 2016

Job opportunities

Chances of getting a job as a crane operator are average for inexperienced crane operators and good for those with experience.
The view looking down through the glass floor panel of a crane from behind the crane operator's head

A container crane operator lifting a shipping container

Last updated 26 July 2018