Operating Engineer and Other Construction Equipment Operator Salary in Sector of Federal, State, and Local Government

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

Average Annual Salary of Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$27,910
25th Percentile Wage
$33,380
50th Percentile Wage
$41,650
75th Percentile Wage
$51,280
90th Percentile Wage
$62,230

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in the industry sector of federal, state, and local government. 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 $62,230. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $41,650. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid operating engineers and other construction equipment operators is $27,910.

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 federal, state, and local government from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201641,6501.63%8.64%
201540,9703.91%-
201439,3700.86%-
201339,0302.51%-
201238,050--

Compare Operating Engineer and Other Construction Equipment Operator Salary in Different Industries within the Federal, State, and Local Government Sector

The average salaries of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in eight industries in the federal, state, and local government 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 federal executive branch (oes designation) industry with an annual salary $55,100. The lowest paying industry is the state government, including schools and hospitals industry (annual salary $39,090). 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
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$55,100
Federal government, including USPS
$55,100
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$41,720
Local government, including schools and hospitals
$41,690
Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$41,650
Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$41,650
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$39,170
State government, including schools and hospitals
$39,090

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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