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 among 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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$29,290
25th Percentile Wage
$36,240
50th Percentile Wage
$44,620
75th Percentile Wage
$54,110
90th Percentile Wage
$70,040

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 $70,040. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $44,620. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $29,290.

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
$44,620
11.99% 17.10%
2016
$39,270
1.15% -
2015
$38,820
2.78% -
2014
$37,740
1.64% -
2013
$37,120
0.35% -
2012
$36,990
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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 $40,940 to $59,630. The highest paying area for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in Kentucky is Evansville with a median annual salary of $59,630. The second highest paying city/area in Kentucky State is Owensboro (mean annual salary $47,760). The lowest paying area is East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $40,940.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Evansville
$59,630
Owensboro
$47,760
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
$47,330
Louisville-Jefferson County
$46,460
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
$45,270
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
$44,900
Bowling Green
$44,780
Elizabethtown
$41,700
Lexington-Fayette
$41,660
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
$40,940




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