Operating Engineer and Other Construction Equipment Operator Salary Information in Louisiana

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$26,700
25th Percentile Wage
$32,330
50th Percentile Wage
$39,990
75th Percentile Wage
$50,460
90th Percentile Wage
$60,870

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in Louisiana in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $60,870. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $39,990. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $26,700.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$12.84
25th Percentile Wage
$15.54
50th Percentile Wage
$19.23
75th Percentile Wage
$24.26
90th Percentile Wage
$29.26

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in Louisiana in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $29.26. The median hourly salary is $19.23. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $12.84.

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
201639,9904.70%10.20%
201538,1102.44%-
201437,1803.95%-
201335,710-0.56%-
201235,910--

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in some Louisiana cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in state of Louisiana ranges from $34,740 to $47,180. The highest paying area for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in Louisiana is Lake Charles with a median annual salary of $47,180. The second highest paying city/area in Louisiana State is Shreveport-Bossier City (mean annual salary $42,830). The lowest paying area is Natchitoches nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $34,740.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Lake Charles
$47,180
Shreveport-Bossier City
$42,830
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux
$41,590
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area
$40,600
Monroe
$39,930
Baton Rouge
$39,900
Alexandria
$38,830
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner
$38,500
Lafayette
$38,220
Winnsboro nonmetropolitan area
$35,210
Hammond nonmetropolitan area
$35,080
Natchitoches nonmetropolitan area
$34,740


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