Operating Engineer and Other Construction Equipment Operator Salary in Sector of Mining

The salary statistics of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in the industry sector of mining are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare operating engineer and other construction equipment operator salaries in different industries within the mining sector.

Average Annual Salary of Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$30,030
25th Percentile Wage
$35,690
50th Percentile Wage
$45,410
75th Percentile Wage
$59,870
90th Percentile Wage
$74,910

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in the industry sector of mining. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) operating engineers and other construction equipment operators is $74,910. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $45,410. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid operating engineers and other construction equipment operators is $30,030.

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 in the industry sector of mining from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201645,4101.06%7.55%
201544,9302.31%-
201443,8902.94%-
201342,6001.46%-
201241,980--

Compare Operating Engineer and Other Construction Equipment Operator Salary in Different Industries within the Mining Sector

The average salaries of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in eight industries in the mining sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for operating engineer and other construction equipment operator occupations is the coal mining industry with an annual salary $52,360. The lowest paying industry is the nonmetallic mineral mining and quarrying industry (annual salary $40,770). For detailed operating engineer and other construction equipment operator salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Coal Mining
$52,360
Metal Ore Mining
$52,110
Support Activities for Mining
$45,770
Support Activities for Mining
$45,770
Mining (except Oil and Gas)
$45,350
Oil and Gas Extraction
$42,280
Oil and Gas Extraction
$42,280
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying
$40,770

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].



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