Operating Engineer and Other Construction Equipment Operator Salary Information in Iowa

The average annual and hourly salaries for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in the state of Iowa are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators among Iowa areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators in Iowa

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$31,640
25th Percentile Wage
$37,410
50th Percentile Wage
$45,810
75th Percentile Wage
$56,430
90th Percentile Wage
$67,120

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in Iowa in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $67,120. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $45,810. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $31,640.

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 from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$45,810
1.51% 12.88%
2016
$45,120
0.73% -
2015
$44,790
4.89% -
2014
$42,600
1.97% -
2013
$41,760
4.43% -
2012
$39,910
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Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators in Iowa Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in some Iowa cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in state of Iowa ranges from $40,230 to $61,890. The highest paying area for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in Iowa is Davenport-Moline-Rock Island with a median annual salary of $61,890. The second highest paying city/area in Iowa State is Des Moines-West Des Moines (mean annual salary $56,700). The lowest paying area is Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $40,230.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island
$61,890
Des Moines-West Des Moines
$56,700
Waterloo-Cedar Falls
$55,140
Dubuque
$54,930
Cedar Rapids
$47,950
Ames
$45,290
Iowa City
$44,900
Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area
$42,660
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area
$42,200
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area
$40,290
Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area
$40,230




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