Operating Engineer and Other Construction Equipment Operator Salary Information in Kentucky

The average annual and hourly salaries for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in the state of Kentucky are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators amongst Kentucky 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 Kentucky

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$27,910
25th Percentile Wage
$32,700
50th Percentile Wage
$39,270
75th Percentile Wage
$52,070
90th Percentile Wage
$66,030

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in Kentucky in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $66,030. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $39,270. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $27,910.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$13.42
25th Percentile Wage
$15.72
50th Percentile Wage
$18.88
75th Percentile Wage
$25.04
90th Percentile Wage
$31.74

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in Kentucky in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $31.74. The median hourly salary is $18.88. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $13.42.

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
201639,2701.15%5.81%
201538,8202.78%-
201437,7401.64%-
201337,1200.35%-
201236,990--

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in some Kentucky cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in state of Kentucky ranges from $35,390 to $58,220. The highest paying area for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in Kentucky is Evansville with a median annual salary of $58,220. The second highest paying city/area in Kentucky State is Owensboro (mean annual salary $48,570). The lowest paying area is East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $35,390.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Evansville
$58,220
Owensboro
$48,570
Louisville-Jefferson County
$44,830
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
$43,120
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
$42,250
Lexington-Fayette
$39,460
Bowling Green
$38,180
Elizabethtown
$37,540
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
$36,370
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
$35,390



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