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Highest Paying Industries for Construction Equipment Operators

The top 100 highest paying industries for construction equipment operators (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $66,740, general medical and surgical hospitals is the highest paying industry for construction equipment operators. It is followed by painting and wall covering contractors industry (average annual salary $64,670). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of construction equipment operators in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Construction Equipment Operators

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$66,740
80
2 Painting and Wall Covering Contractors
$64,670
n/a
3 Commercial and Industrial Machinery Equipment (except Auto and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance
$62,290
400
4 Repair and Maintenance
$62,290
400
5 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$60,310
1,910
6 Roofing Contractors
$58,550
60
7 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$58,360
40
8 Natural Gas Distribution
$58,070
1,460
9 Utilities
$57,600
3,810
10 Facilities Support Services
$56,210
160
11 Rail Transportation
$56,020
1,000
12 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$54,260
130
13 Scientific Research and Development Services
$54,260
130
14 Lessors of Real Estate
$54,040
n/a
15 Federal government, including USPS
$53,800
2,480
16 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$53,800
2,480
17 Remediation and Other Waste Management Services
$53,540
1,760
18 Pipeline Transportation
$53,480
190
19 Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas
$53,380
150
20 Health Care and Social Assistance
$52,880
120
21 Machinery Manufacturing
$52,780
80
22 Hospitals - Privately owned
$52,710
60
23 Support Activities for Rail Transportation
$51,790
350
24 Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors
$51,630
2,080
25 Poured Concrete Foundation and Structure Contractors
$51,370
6,280
26 Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$50,600
80
27 Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors
$49,700
8,860
28 Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$49,670
500
29 Real Estate
$49,410
170
30 Coal Mining
$49,160
9,060
31 Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
$49,110
50
32 Chemical Manufacturing
$48,790
120
33 Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing
$48,580
260
34 Other Building Equipment Contractors
$47,880
580
35 Support Activities for Transportation
$47,300
680
36 Building Equipment Contractors
$46,970
5,190
37 Nonresidential Building Construction
$46,620
14,820
38 Support Activities for Road Transportation
$46,580
90
39 Transportation and Warehousing
$46,580
3,280
40 Utility System Construction
$46,390
47,500
41 Construction of Buildings
$46,340
18,670
42 Primary Metal Manufacturing
$46,180
360
43 Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$45,970
126,180
44 Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction
$45,910
61,910
45 Engineering Services
$45,730
1,060
46 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$45,430
1,210
47 Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$45,320
15,310
48 Residential Building Construction
$45,250
3,850
49 Masonry Contractors
$45,130
n/a
50 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$44,960
190
51 Waste Collection
$44,900
1,240
52 Office Administrative Services
$44,840
50
53 Metal Ore Mining
$44,650
2,650
54 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$44,590
1,650
55 Support Activities for Mining
$44,400
9,020
56 Construction
$44,330
255,900
57 Building Finishing Contractors
$44,280
440
58 Waste Management and Remediation Services
$44,250
7,580
59 Mining (except Oil and Gas)
$44,050
22,290
60 Mining
$43,990
32,060
61 Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors
$43,930
2,520
62 Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$43,780
2,330
63 Death Care Services
$43,500
n/a
64 Personal and Laundry Services
$43,500
n/a
65 Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction
$43,320
11,310
66 Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing
$43,290
70
67 Water, Sewage and Other Systems
$43,110
440
68 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$42,780
150
69 Specialty Trade Contractors
$42,310
111,060
70 Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing
$41,900
2,700
71 Manufacturing
$41,890
7,100
72 Ship and Boat Building
$41,850
140
73 Waste Treatment and Disposal
$41,570
4,570
74 Other Specialty Trade Contractors
$41,530
96,580
75 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$41,260
11,000
76 Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$41,220
1,360
77 Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
$41,220
50
78 Testing Laboratories
$40,770
30
79 Lime and Gypsum Product Manufacturing
$40,680
140
80 Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying
$40,390
10,570
81 Support Activities for Water Transportation
$40,340
230
82 Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods
$39,720
300
83 Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing
$39,580
1,160
84 Land Subdivision
$39,580
1,460
85 Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$39,330
3,860
86 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$39,290
78,850
87 Federal, State, and Local Government
$39,290
78,850
88 Rental and Leasing Services
$39,250
1,190
89 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$39,220
79,790
90 Wood Product Manufacturing
$38,910
40
91 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$38,790
60,950
92 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$38,770
61,300
93 Wired Telecommunications Carriers
$38,770
630
94 Telecommunications
$38,690
640
95 Information
$38,690
640
96 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$38,580
15,420
97 Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$38,580
100
98 State government, including schools and hospitals
$38,570
16,000
99 Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$38,550
340
100 Metal and Mineral (except Petroleum) Merchant Wholesalers
$38,290
90