Operating Engineer and Other Construction Equipment Operator Salary Information in Colorado

The average annual and hourly salaries for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in the state of Colorado are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators among Colorado metropolitan 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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$34,240
25th Percentile Wage
$40,790
50th Percentile Wage
$47,370
75th Percentile Wage
$55,470
90th Percentile Wage
$62,440

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in Colorado in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $62,440. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $47,370. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $34,240.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$16.46
25th Percentile Wage
$19.61
50th Percentile Wage
$22.78
75th Percentile Wage
$26.67
90th Percentile Wage
$30.02

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in Colorado in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $30.02. The median hourly salary is $22.78. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $16.46.

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
201647,3705.36%10.11%
201544,8304.60%-
201442,7700.98%-
201342,350-0.54%-
201242,580--

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in some Colorado cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in state of Colorado ranges from $37,310 to $49,610. The highest paying area for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in Colorado is Denver-Aurora-Broomfield with a median annual salary of $49,610. The second highest paying city/area in Colorado State is Northcentral Colorado nonmetropolitan area (mean annual salary $48,590). The lowest paying area is East and South Colorado nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $37,310.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield
$49,610
Northcentral Colorado nonmetropolitan area
$48,590
Fort Collins-Loveland
$48,010
Boulder
$46,470
Greeley
$46,400
West Colorado nonmetropolitan area
$46,140
Grand Junction
$43,930
Colorado Springs
$43,270
Pueblo
$43,090
Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area
$38,500
East and South Colorado nonmetropolitan area
$37,310


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