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

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

Average Annual Salary of Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$30,760
25th Percentile Wage
$36,600
50th Percentile Wage
$47,850
75th Percentile Wage
$65,380
90th Percentile Wage
$85,550

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for operating engineers and other 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) operating engineers and other construction equipment operators is $85,550. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $47,850. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid operating engineers and other construction equipment operators is $30,760.

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 construction from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201647,8503.22%8.97%
201546,3102.40%-
201445,2002.61%-
201344,0201.04%-
201243,560--

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

The average salaries of operating engineers and other 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 operating engineer and other construction equipment operator occupations is the painting and wall covering contractors industry with an annual salary $72,890. The lowest paying industry is the land subdivision industry (annual salary $41,830). 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
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors
$72,890
Roofing Contractors
$65,070
Drywall and Insulation Contractors
$64,350
Building Finishing Contractors
$58,800
Poured Concrete Foundation and Structure Contractors
$55,170
Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors
$54,170
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors
$54,070
Other Building Equipment Contractors
$53,930
Building Equipment Contractors
$52,980
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction
$52,150
Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors
$52,130
Nonresidential Building Construction
$50,650
Construction of Buildings
$49,800
Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$49,790
Utility System Construction
$48,660
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$48,170
Masonry Contractors
$47,690
Residential Building Construction
$46,590
Specialty Trade Contractors
$45,670
Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction
$45,190
Other Specialty Trade Contractors
$44,700
Land Subdivision
$41,830

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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