Construction Equipment Operator Salary in Sector of Construction

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

Average Annual Salary of Construction Equipment Operators

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$30,650
25th Percentile Wage
$36,650
50th Percentile Wage
$47,800
75th Percentile Wage
$65,650
90th Percentile Wage
$87,280

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for construction equipment operators in the industry sector of construction. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) construction equipment operators is $87,280. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $47,800. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid construction equipment operators is $30,650.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$47,800
2.32% 11.42%
2016
$46,690
3.00% -
2015
$45,290
2.12% -
2014
$44,330
2.57% -
2013
$43,190
1.97% -
2012
$42,340
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Compare Construction Equipment Operator Salary in Different Industries within the Construction Sector

The average salaries of construction equipment operators in 22 industries in the construction sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for construction equipment operator occupations is the painting and wall covering contractors industry with an annual salary $82,630. The lowest paying industry is the land subdivision industry (annual salary $41,590). For detailed construction equipment operator salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors
$82,630
Drywall and Insulation Contractors
$77,480
Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors
$58,140
Building Equipment Contractors
$55,620
Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors
$54,470
Nonresidential Building Construction
$54,120
Other Building Equipment Contractors
$54,040
Poured Concrete Foundation and Structure Contractors
$53,360
Construction of Buildings
$53,180
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors
$52,190
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$50,420
Utility System Construction
$50,370
Residential Building Construction
$49,610
Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$49,440
Roofing Contractors
$49,330
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction
$48,550
Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction
$46,780
Masonry Contractors
$46,310
Specialty Trade Contractors
$45,530
Other Specialty Trade Contractors
$44,650
Building Finishing Contractors
$43,430
Land Subdivision
$41,590

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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