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
$29,990
25th Percentile Wage
$35,940
50th Percentile Wage
$45,500
75th Percentile Wage
$59,520
90th Percentile Wage
$74,840

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 $74,840. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $45,500. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid operating engineers and other construction equipment operators is $29,990.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in the industry sector of mining from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$45,500
0.20% 7.74%
2016
$45,410
1.06% -
2015
$44,930
2.31% -
2014
$43,890
2.94% -
2013
$42,600
1.46% -
2012
$41,980
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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 metal ore mining industry with an annual salary $55,170. The lowest paying industry is the oil and gas extraction industry (annual salary $41,450). 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
Metal Ore Mining
$55,170
Coal Mining
$53,580
Support Activities for Mining
$46,400
Support Activities for Mining
$46,400
Mining (except Oil and Gas)
$45,290
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying
$41,580
Oil and Gas Extraction
$41,450
Oil and Gas Extraction
$41,450

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].




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