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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 $80,450, Illinois is the highest paying state for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators. It is followed by Hawaii (average annual salary $73,230). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2018 [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
$80,450
$36,890 11,400
2 Hawaii
$73,230
$48,410 1,990
3 Alaska
$70,140
$51,060 3,220
4 California
$68,300
$42,890 26,040
5 New Jersey
$67,570
$42,900 5,550
6 New York
$65,820
$40,090 12,520
7 Connecticut
$65,320
$42,290 3,120
8 District of Columbia
$62,170
$46,790 450
9 Rhode Island
$62,070
$45,100 610
10 Massachusetts
$61,510
$39,700 6,710
11 Washington
$61,120
$41,400 7,780
12 Minnesota
$60,510
$39,410 10,520
13 Wisconsin
$59,780
$36,430 8,000
14 North Dakota
$56,710
$41,650 3,060
15 Wyoming
$56,470
$37,350 3,960
16 Ohio
$54,400
$35,210 15,760
17 Nevada
$54,340
$36,510 2,970
18 Oregon
$53,520
$36,800 3,770
19 Indiana
$52,800
$33,940 8,270
20 Missouri
$51,920
$29,390 7,080
21 Montana
$49,710
$37,200 3,470
22 Michigan
$49,130
$33,880 7,260
23 Colorado
$48,330
$34,080 9,950
24 New Hampshire
$47,550
$33,940 820
25 Maryland
$47,070
$33,680 4,610
26 Pennsylvania
$46,850
$31,780 20,560
27 Arizona
$46,060
$30,020 6,810
28 Iowa
$45,810
$31,640 6,060
29 Utah
$45,640
$33,540 4,570
30 Kentucky
$44,620
$29,290 6,200
31 Idaho
$43,440
$32,590 2,840
32 South Dakota
$42,700
$33,180 1,600
33 Vermont
$42,340
$32,870 970
34 Louisiana
$41,130
$27,140 7,820
35 Virginia
$40,050
$28,480 10,620
36 New Mexico
$39,960
$29,500 4,410
37 Delaware
$39,830
$29,570 1,160
38 Nebraska
$39,780
$29,780 2,700
39 West Virginia
$39,380
$26,970 6,150
40 Maine
$38,720
$28,020 1,650
41 Oklahoma
$38,430
$27,800 5,800
42 Texas
$38,370
$27,360 38,340
43 Alabama
$38,340
$26,560 6,000
44 Tennessee
$37,920
$28,530 5,170
45 Florida
$36,930
$26,950 15,590
46 Kansas
$36,880
$27,390 6,440
47 North Carolina
$36,620
$27,370 11,750
48 South Carolina
$36,550
$27,190 6,170
49 Virgin Islands
$35,920
$22,120 70
50 Mississippi
$35,530
$25,420 2,340
51 Arkansas
$35,430
$24,060 3,890
52 Georgia
$35,290
$25,810 10,790
53 Guam
$32,440
$26,070 220
54 Puerto Rico
$19,500
$16,420 1,690
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