Operating Engineer and Other Construction Equipment Operator Salary Information in Illinois

The average annual and hourly salaries for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in the state of Illinois are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators amongst Illinois metropolitan 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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$40,090
25th Percentile Wage
$58,410
50th Percentile Wage
$80,740
75th Percentile Wage
$94,100
90th Percentile Wage
$101,600

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in Illinois in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $101,600. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $80,740. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $40,090.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$19.27
25th Percentile Wage
$28.08
50th Percentile Wage
$38.82
75th Percentile Wage
$45.24
90th Percentile Wage
$48.85

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in Illinois in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $48.85. The median hourly salary is $38.82. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $19.27.

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
201680,7407.58%16.68%
201574,6203.34%-
201472,1303.29%-
201369,7603.57%-
201267,270--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators in Illinois Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in some Illinois cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in state of Illinois ranges from $49,360 to $88,160. The highest paying area for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in Illinois is Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL Metropolitan Division) with a median annual salary of $88,160. The second highest paying city/area in Illinois State is Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL-IN-WI Area) (mean annual salary $86,950). The lowest paying area is West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $49,360.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL Metropolitan Division)
$88,160
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL-IN-WI Area)
$86,950
Decatur
$85,570
Springfield
$83,870
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area
$77,060
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area
$71,510
Danville
$68,380
Champaign-Urbana
$67,900
Bloomington-Normal
$63,850
Peoria
$61,740
Kankakee-Bradley
$61,090
Rockford
$60,270
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area
$54,810
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area
$49,360


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