Operating Engineer and Other Construction Equipment Operator Salary Information in Minnesota

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$38,200
25th Percentile Wage
$46,360
50th Percentile Wage
$59,830
75th Percentile Wage
$73,110
90th Percentile Wage
$80,800

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in Minnesota in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $80,800. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $59,830. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $38,200.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$18.37
25th Percentile Wage
$22.29
50th Percentile Wage
$28.76
75th Percentile Wage
$35.15
90th Percentile Wage
$38.85

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in Minnesota in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $38.85. The median hourly salary is $28.76. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $18.37.

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
201659,8305.10%19.84%
201556,7804.53%-
201454,2108.28%-
201349,7203.54%-
201247,960--

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in some Minnesota cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in state of Minnesota ranges from $42,150 to $56,450. The highest paying area for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in Minnesota is Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $56,450. The second highest paying city/area in Minnesota State is Northeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (mean annual salary $54,600). The lowest paying area is Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $42,150.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area
$56,450
Northeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area
$54,600
Rochester
$50,190
Mankato-North Mankato
$49,500
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area
$49,060
St Cloud
$48,500
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area
$42,150



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