Operating Engineer and Other Construction Equipment Operator Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators among California areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$42,890
25th Percentile Wage
$51,760
50th Percentile Wage
$68,300
75th Percentile Wage
$89,600
90th Percentile Wage
$101,240

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $101,240. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $68,300. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $42,890.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$68,300
2.46% 3.35%
2016
$66,620
4.34% -
2015
$63,730
-3.12% -
2014
$65,720
-1.29% -
2013
$66,570
0.84% -
2012
$66,010
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in state of California ranges from $46,950 to $82,480. The highest paying area for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in California is Oakland-Fremont-Hayward with a median annual salary of $82,480. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont (mean annual salary $82,040). The lowest paying area is Visalia-Porterville with a median annual salary of $46,950.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$82,480
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$82,040
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$81,640
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$81,530
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$79,380
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$79,310
Vallejo-Fairfield
$78,380
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$76,130
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$70,050
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$68,290
Fresno
$65,240
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$64,520
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$64,200
Napa
$64,010
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$62,990
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$62,780
Salinas
$59,160
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$57,680
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$57,410
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$57,010
Merced
$55,950
Chico
$51,770
Stockton
$51,770
Redding
$51,770
Yuba City
$51,760
Modesto
$51,750
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$51,750
Eastern Sierra Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$50,640
Hanford-Corcoran
$50,630
Madera-Chowchilla
$50,470
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$49,880
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$49,110
Bakersfield-Delano
$47,390
El Centro
$47,280
Visalia-Porterville
$46,950




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