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 cities 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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$30,650
25th Percentile Wage
$36,220
50th Percentile Wage
$45,120
75th Percentile Wage
$55,830
90th Percentile Wage
$65,340

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 $65,340. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $45,120. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $30,650.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$14.73
25th Percentile Wage
$17.41
50th Percentile Wage
$21.69
75th Percentile Wage
$26.84
90th Percentile Wage
$31.41

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in Iowa in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $31.41. The median hourly salary is $21.69. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $14.73.

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 from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201645,1200.73%11.55%
201544,7904.89%-
201442,6001.97%-
201341,7604.43%-
201239,910--

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 $38,720 to $56,630. 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 $56,630. The second highest paying city/area in Iowa State is Des Moines-West Des Moines (mean annual salary $54,390). The lowest paying area is Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $38,720.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island
$56,630
Des Moines-West Des Moines
$54,390
Waterloo-Cedar Falls
$52,680
Dubuque
$49,600
Cedar Rapids
$48,740
Iowa City
$47,040
Ames
$43,470
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area
$43,380
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area
$40,600
Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area
$39,560
Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area
$38,720



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