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 amongst California cities 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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$42,050
25th Percentile Wage
$51,250
50th Percentile Wage
$66,620
75th Percentile Wage
$86,590
90th Percentile Wage
$100,180

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 $100,180. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $66,620. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $42,050.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$20.22
25th Percentile Wage
$24.64
50th Percentile Wage
$32.03
75th Percentile Wage
$41.63
90th Percentile Wage
$48.16

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $48.16. The median hourly salary is $32.03. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $20.22.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201666,6204.34%0.92%
201563,730-3.12%-
201465,720-1.29%-
201366,5700.84%-
201266,010--

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 $40,350 to $83,420. The highest paying area for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in California is Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale with a median annual salary of $83,420. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City (mean annual salary $79,890). The lowest paying area is Hanford-Corcoran with a median annual salary of $40,350.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$83,420
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$79,890
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$79,380
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$79,310
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$77,750
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$75,580
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$74,440
Vallejo-Fairfield
$74,180
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$73,270
Napa
$69,640
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$65,050
Stockton
$65,010
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$64,440
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$61,730
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$60,910
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$60,360
Fresno
$59,190
Modesto
$59,090
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$59,000
Salinas
$57,760
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$57,010
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$55,140
Chico
$54,190
Redding
$52,000
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$52,000
Yuba City
$51,980
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$50,430
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$49,900
Visalia-Porterville
$49,860
El Centro
$48,550
Merced
$47,520
Bakersfield-Delano
$47,420
Hanford-Corcoran
$40,350


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