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
$31,670
25th Percentile Wage
$37,550
50th Percentile Wage
$49,150
75th Percentile Wage
$67,570
90th Percentile Wage
$88,770

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 $88,770. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $49,150. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid operating engineers and other construction equipment operators is $31,670.

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 construction from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$49,150
2.64% 11.37%
2016
$47,850
3.22% -
2015
$46,310
2.40% -
2014
$45,200
2.61% -
2013
$44,020
1.04% -
2012
$43,560
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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 drywall and insulation contractors industry with an annual salary $80,140. The lowest paying industry is the land subdivision industry (annual salary $41,600). 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
Drywall and Insulation Contractors
$80,140
Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors
$57,950
Building Equipment Contractors
$55,410
Poured Concrete Foundation and Structure Contractors
$55,210
Nonresidential Building Construction
$54,500
Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors
$54,500
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors
$54,180
Other Building Equipment Contractors
$54,040
Construction of Buildings
$53,490
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction
$53,070
Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$51,180
Utility System Construction
$50,480
Residential Building Construction
$49,610
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$49,370
Roofing Contractors
$49,330
Masonry Contractors
$47,360
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors
$47,320
Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction
$46,840
Specialty Trade Contractors
$46,640
Other Specialty Trade Contractors
$45,690
Building Finishing Contractors
$44,310
Land Subdivision
$41,600

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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