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

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

Average Annual Salary of Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$30,650
25th Percentile Wage
$36,930
50th Percentile Wage
$46,340
75th Percentile Wage
$59,760
90th Percentile Wage
$76,050

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in the industry sector of manufacturing. 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 $76,050. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $46,340. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid operating engineers and other construction equipment operators is $30,650.

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 manufacturing from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201646,3403.15%8.18%
201544,8802.54%-
201443,7401.17%-
201343,2301.57%-
201242,550--

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

The average salaries of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in 20 industries in the manufacturing 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 glass and glass product manufacturing industry with an annual salary $55,170. The lowest paying industry is the clay product and refractory manufacturing industry (annual salary $33,370). 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
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing
$55,170
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills
$50,390
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$50,050
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$50,050
Paper Manufacturing
$49,120
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing
$46,740
Chemical Manufacturing
$46,300
Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$46,170
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$46,130
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$46,010
Lime and Gypsum Product Manufacturing
$44,870
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing
$43,290
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
$42,440
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$41,370
Primary Metal Manufacturing
$40,010
Sawmills and Wood Preservation
$39,840
Machinery Manufacturing
$39,810
Wood Product Manufacturing
$38,860
Ship and Boat Building
$38,220
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing
$33,370

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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