Operating Engineer and Other Construction Equipment Operator Salary Information in North Carolina

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$27,370
25th Percentile Wage
$31,620
50th Percentile Wage
$36,620
75th Percentile Wage
$43,300
90th Percentile Wage
$51,250

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in North Carolina in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $51,250. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $36,620. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $27,370.

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
$36,620
1.99% 9.12%
2016
$35,890
2.20% -
2015
$35,100
1.68% -
2014
$34,510
2.49% -
2013
$33,650
1.10% -
2012
$33,280
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Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators in North Carolina Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in some North Carolina cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in state of North Carolina ranges from $34,130 to $40,110. The highest paying area for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in North Carolina is Jacksonville with a median annual salary of $40,110. The second highest paying city/area in North Carolina State is Durham-Chapel Hill (mean annual salary $39,000). The lowest paying area is Winston-Salem with a median annual salary of $34,130.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Jacksonville
$40,110
Durham-Chapel Hill
$39,000
Greenville
$38,870
Raleigh-Cary
$38,690
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton
$38,020
Wilmington
$37,990
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$37,550
Goldsboro
$37,440
Asheville
$36,660
Rocky Mount
$36,330
Burlington
$36,050
Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$35,790
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$35,650
Greensboro-High Point
$35,440
Fayetteville
$34,780
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$34,370
Winston-Salem
$34,130




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