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 among Illinois 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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$36,890
25th Percentile Wage
$55,910
50th Percentile Wage
$80,450
75th Percentile Wage
$94,690
90th Percentile Wage
$102,770

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 $102,770. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $80,450. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $36,890.

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
$80,450
-0.36% 16.38%
2016
$80,740
7.58% -
2015
$74,620
3.34% -
2014
$72,130
3.29% -
2013
$69,760
3.57% -
2012
$67,270
- -

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 $47,400 to $87,990. 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 $87,990. The second highest paying city/area in Illinois State is Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL-IN-WI Area) (mean annual salary $86,910). The lowest paying area is South Illinois nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $47,400.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL Metropolitan Division)
$87,990
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL-IN-WI Area)
$86,910
Springfield
$86,210
Decatur
$85,740
Champaign-Urbana
$84,840
Danville
$79,390
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area
$78,370
Bloomington-Normal
$63,850
Kankakee-Bradley
$59,830
Peoria
$59,420
Rockford
$58,200
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area
$54,200
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area
$48,820
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area
$47,400




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