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

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

Average Annual Salary of Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$35,420
25th Percentile Wage
$46,490
50th Percentile Wage
$61,850
75th Percentile Wage
$79,650
90th Percentile Wage
$96,840

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in the industry sector of utilities. 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 $96,840. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $61,850. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid operating engineers and other construction equipment operators is $35,420.

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 utilities from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$61,850
0.78% 11.16%
2016
$61,370
4.86% -
2015
$58,390
1.70% -
2014
$57,400
2.13% -
2013
$56,180
2.19% -
2012
$54,950
- -

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

The average salaries of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in seven industries in the utilities 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 hydroelectric power generation industry with an annual salary $78,660. The lowest paying industry is the biomass electric power generation industry (annual salary $35,050). 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
Hydroelectric Power Generation
$78,660
Fossil Fuel Electric Power Generation
$65,730
Natural Gas Distribution
$65,160
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$64,820
Utilities
$61,850
Water, Sewage and Other Systems
$47,400
Biomass Electric Power Generation
$35,050

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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