Crane Operator

Crane and heavy machine operators operate mechanical boom and cable equipment to lift and move materials, machines or products in many directions.
License required by 18 states
57th most burdensome licensing requirements
75th most widely and onerously licensed occupation

Eighteen states require a license to work as a crane operator. On average, these laws cost aspiring crane operators $225 in fees and 222 days in experience and require them to pass two exams—the 57th most burdensome requirements of the 102 occupations studied. Because so few states license the occupation, it is only the 75th most widely and onerously licensed.

License requirements vary widely across states. New York has the most burdensome requirements at three years (1,095 days) of experience, two exams and $150 in fees. However, 10 states do not require any experience. Some states have different licenses for operating different types of cranes (which can be measured in terms of hoisting mechanism, weightlifting capability or boom length). In such cases, where license requirements differed, the least burdensome license was used. If license requirements did not differ, the broadest possible license was observed.

Burden Rank State States Licensed Fees Estimated Calendar Days Lost Education Experience Exams Minimum Grade Minimum Age
1 New York 18 $150.00 1,095 - 3 years 2 0 21
2 New Mexico 18 $193.88 730 - 2 years 2 0 18
3 Connecticut 18 $100.00 730 - 2 years 2 0 18
4 D C 18 $260.00 730 - 2 years 1 0 0
5 New Jersey 18 $475.00 233 - 1000 clock hours 2 0 18
6 West Virginia 18 $300.00 233 - 1000 clock hours 2 0 18
7 Montana 18 $100.00 233 - 1000 clock hours 1 0 18
8 Hawaii 18 $375.00 0 - - 2 0 21
9 Pennsylvania 18 $325.00 0 - - 2 0 18
10 Washington 18 $225.00 4 - 24 clock hours 2 0 18
11 California 18 $225.00 0 - - 2 0 18
11 Maryland 18 $225.00 0 - - 2 0 18
11 Minnesota 18 $225.00 0 - - 2 0 18
11 Nevada 18 $225.00 0 - - 2 0 18
11 North Carolina 18 $225.00 0 - - 2 0 18
11 Utah 18 $225.00 0 - - 2 0 18
17 Massachusetts 18 $75.00 0 - - 2 0 18
18 Rhode Island 18 $117.00 0 - - 1 0 18