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Highest Paying States for Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators

The highest paying states 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 of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in those states are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with an annual salary of $80,740, Illinois is the highest paying state for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators. It is followed by Hawaii (average annual salary $74,720). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2017 [1]. For more salary information of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in a specific state, use the links in the table.

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

Rank State Average Salary i Entry Level
Salary i
# of
Empl. i
1 Illinois
$80,740
$40,090 11,550
2 Hawaii
$74,720
$46,020 2,230
3 Alaska
$68,710
$50,650 3,550
4 California
$66,620
$42,050 25,590
5 New Jersey
$65,930
$42,800 5,090
6 Massachusetts
$65,210
$38,890 6,000
7 New York
$63,870
$37,860 11,940
8 Connecticut
$63,060
$42,350 3,060
9 District of Columbia
$60,490
$43,600 570
10 Minnesota
$59,830
$38,200 10,360
11 Rhode Island
$59,360
$35,520 660
12 Washington
$59,040
$40,250 7,510
13 North Dakota
$56,260
$41,610 3,640
14 Wyoming
$56,060
$36,880 4,150
15 Nevada
$54,980
$35,830 2,560
16 Wisconsin
$54,980
$35,800 7,790
17 Oregon
$52,790
$34,760 3,560
18 Ohio
$50,900
$34,030 15,310
19 Indiana
$50,810
$33,490 8,230
20 Missouri
$50,730
$30,420 6,550
21 Michigan
$48,920
$33,640 7,070
22 Montana
$48,300
$34,920 3,130
23 Colorado
$47,370
$34,240 9,250
24 Maryland
$46,990
$33,070 5,170
25 New Hampshire
$46,490
$33,070 860
26 Arizona
$45,800
$31,370 6,950
27 Pennsylvania
$45,280
$30,720 20,220
28 Iowa
$45,120
$30,650 5,710
29 Utah
$43,410
$32,590 4,920
30 Vermont
$40,900
$31,380 1,120
31 Idaho
$40,750
$31,160 2,590
32 Louisiana
$39,990
$26,700 7,740
33 South Dakota
$39,880
$31,760 1,880
34 West Virginia
$39,880
$26,850 6,360
35 Virginia
$39,410
$27,860 10,770
36 New Mexico
$39,350
$29,630 4,300
37 Kentucky
$39,270
$27,910 6,840
38 Nebraska
$38,380
$27,420 2,370
39 Delaware
$37,800
$28,390 1,120
40 Mississippi
$37,650
$24,250 2,360
41 Texas
$37,560
$26,900 36,560
42 Tennessee
$37,390
$28,570 4,550
43 Oklahoma
$37,330
$27,170 5,940
44 Kansas
$36,950
$27,520 6,440
45 Virgin Islands
$36,900
$21,390 50
46 Maine
$36,720
$26,880 1,860
47 Alabama
$36,550
$25,350 5,530
48 Florida
$36,270
$26,720 15,450
49 South Carolina
$36,120
$26,590 5,390
50 North Carolina
$35,890
$26,620 11,020
51 Georgia
$34,550
$25,220 9,960
52 Guam
$33,720
$25,910 180
53 Arkansas
$33,600
$22,700 3,420
54 Puerto Rico
$19,530
$16,320 1,780
See also: Highest paying industries for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators, Top Paying Jobs in America.