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Highest Paying Industries for Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators

The top 100 highest paying industries for operating engineers and other 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 $67,500, general medical and surgical hospitals is the highest paying industry for operating engineers and other 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 operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$67,500
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 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$59,590
40
7 Roofing Contractors
$58,550
60
8 Natural Gas Distribution
$57,570
1,420
9 Utilities
$57,400
3,770
10 Facilities Support Services
$56,680
160
11 Rail Transportation
$56,310
900
12 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$54,360
130
13 Scientific Research and Development Services
$54,360
130
14 Lessors of Real Estate
$54,040
n/a
15 Hospitals - Privately owned
$53,810
60
16 Federal government, including USPS
$53,800
2,480
17 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$53,800
2,480
18 Remediation and Other Waste Management Services
$53,730
1,740
19 Pipeline Transportation
$53,480
190
20 Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas
$53,380
150
21 Building Finishing Contractors
$53,000
310
22 Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$51,950
490
23 Support Activities for Road Transportation
$51,700
70
24 Support Activities for Rail Transportation
$51,450
340
25 Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors
$51,430
2,070
26 Poured Concrete Foundation and Structure Contractors
$51,270
4,640
27 Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$51,130
820
28 Other Building Equipment Contractors
$50,940
500
29 Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$50,600
80
30 Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors
$49,790
6,630
31 Real Estate
$49,720
160
32 Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction
$49,230
41,640
33 Coal Mining
$49,170
9,060
34 Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
$49,110
50
35 Chemical Manufacturing
$48,790
120
36 Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing
$48,580
260
37 Support Activities for Transportation
$47,670
650
38 Machinery Manufacturing
$47,410
60
39 Building Equipment Contractors
$47,160
5,090
40 Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$47,110
102,620
41 Transportation and Warehousing
$47,020
3,040
42 Nonresidential Building Construction
$46,950
14,360
43 Construction of Buildings
$46,620
18,150
44 Utility System Construction
$46,360
45,990
45 Primary Metal Manufacturing
$46,180
360
46 Engineering Services
$45,750
1,050
47 Death Care Services
$45,650
n/a
48 Personal and Laundry Services
$45,650
n/a
49 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$45,430
1,200
50 Residential Building Construction
$45,360
3,790
51 Construction
$45,200
215,140
52 Waste Collection
$44,990
1,230
53 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$44,960
190
54 Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing
$44,930
2,360
55 Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$44,890
13,580
56 Office Administrative Services
$44,840
50
57 Metal Ore Mining
$44,650
2,650
58 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$44,580
1,640
59 Support Activities for Mining
$44,340
8,900
60 Waste Management and Remediation Services
$44,280
7,540
61 Mining (except Oil and Gas)
$43,940
21,940
62 Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors
$43,930
2,520
63 Mining
$43,890
31,590
64 Manufacturing
$43,740
5,210
65 Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing
$43,290
70
66 Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction
$43,270
11,190
67 Water, Sewage and Other Systems
$43,110
440
68 Specialty Trade Contractors
$43,040
94,370
69 Masonry Contractors
$42,590
940
70 Other Specialty Trade Contractors
$42,390
82,340
71 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$41,900
140
72 Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$41,860
1,280
73 Waste Treatment and Disposal
$41,570
4,570
74 Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$41,480
3,520
75 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$41,360
10,820
76 Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
$41,220
50
77 Ship and Boat Building
$40,970
130
78 Lime and Gypsum Product Manufacturing
$40,680
140
79 Support Activities for Water Transportation
$40,340
230
80 Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing
$40,240
1,090
81 Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying
$40,050
10,230
82 Rental and Leasing Services
$39,890
1,120
83 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$39,740
49,220
84 Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods
$39,720
300
85 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$39,700
49,580
86 Land Subdivision
$39,510
1,410
87 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$39,370
64,330
88 Federal, State, and Local Government
$39,370
64,330
89 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$39,360
65,230
90 Wood Product Manufacturing
$38,910
40
91 Wired Telecommunications Carriers
$38,770
630
92 Telecommunications
$38,690
640
93 Information
$38,690
640
94 Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$38,580
100
95 Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$38,550
330
96 Metal and Mineral (except Petroleum) Merchant Wholesalers
$38,290
90
97 Logging
$38,030
310
98 Forestry and Logging
$38,030
310
99 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$38,020
170
100 Educational Services - Privately owned
$37,970
170
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