Crane jobs can vary on salary depending upon the type of crane (i.e. crawler, mobile, overhead, computerized automatic, etc). As an overhead crane operator, locally in North Alabama, some crane operators known firsthand to me make as low as $12/hr. However, a reputable company can pay $22+/hr. Most operators in my area make on average $19.55/hr plus additional benefits such as Health/Dental insurance, paid vacation, furnished safety ppe and uniforms. I consider this to be a good field and a satisfying career.