Operating Engineer and Other Construction Equipment Operator Salary Information in Montana

The average annual and hourly salaries for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in the state of Montana are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators among Montana 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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$34,920
25th Percentile Wage
$41,110
50th Percentile Wage
$48,300
75th Percentile Wage
$56,890
90th Percentile Wage
$63,150

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in Montana in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $63,150. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $48,300. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $34,920.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$16.79
25th Percentile Wage
$19.77
50th Percentile Wage
$23.22
75th Percentile Wage
$27.35
90th Percentile Wage
$30.36

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in Montana in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $30.36. The median hourly salary is $23.22. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $16.79.

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
201648,3003.95%7.83%
201546,3902.24%-
201445,3500.57%-
201345,0901.26%-
201244,520--

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in some Montana cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in state of Montana ranges from $44,860 to $55,020. The highest paying area for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in Montana is Great Falls with a median annual salary of $55,020. The second highest paying city/area in Montana State is Missoula (mean annual salary $53,730). The lowest paying area is Western Montana nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $44,860.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Great Falls
$55,020
Missoula
$53,730
Eastern Montana nonmetropolitan area
$52,110
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area
$48,630
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area
$47,600
Billings
$46,240
Western Montana nonmetropolitan area
$44,860



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