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
$29,650
25th Percentile Wage
$35,840
50th Percentile Wage
$46,690
75th Percentile Wage
$64,010
90th Percentile Wage
$84,360

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 $84,360. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $46,690. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid construction equipment operators is $29,650.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of construction equipment operators in the industry sector of construction from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201646,6903.00%9.32%
201545,2902.12%-
201444,3302.57%-
201343,1901.97%-
201242,340--

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 $72,890. The lowest paying industry is the building finishing contractors industry (annual salary $34,250). 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
$72,890
Roofing Contractors
$65,070
Drywall and Insulation Contractors
$54,920
Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors
$54,870
Poured Concrete Foundation and Structure Contractors
$54,580
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors
$53,260
Building Equipment Contractors
$53,260
Nonresidential Building Construction
$50,270
Other Building Equipment Contractors
$50,150
Construction of Buildings
$49,510
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$48,660
Utility System Construction
$48,620
Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$48,450
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction
$48,380
Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors
$47,200
Masonry Contractors
$47,120
Residential Building Construction
$46,590
Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction
$45,120
Specialty Trade Contractors
$44,560
Other Specialty Trade Contractors
$43,640
Land Subdivision
$42,460
Building Finishing Contractors
$34,250

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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