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

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$41,610
25th Percentile Wage
$48,210
50th Percentile Wage
$56,260
75th Percentile Wage
$63,040
90th Percentile Wage
$83,400

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in North Dakota in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $83,400. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $56,260. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $41,610.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$20.01
25th Percentile Wage
$23.18
50th Percentile Wage
$27.05
75th Percentile Wage
$30.31
90th Percentile Wage
$40.10

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in North Dakota in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $40.10. The median hourly salary is $27.05. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $20.01.

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
201656,2605.37%19.09%
201553,2404.49%-
201450,8508.44%-
201346,5602.23%-
201245,520--

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in some North Dakota cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in state of North Dakota ranges from $39,870 to $60,530. The highest paying area for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in North Dakota is West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $60,530. The second highest paying city/area in North Dakota State is Far Western North Dakota nonmetropolitan area (mean annual salary $57,320). The lowest paying area is Far Eastern North Dakota nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $39,870.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area
$60,530
Far Western North Dakota nonmetropolitan area
$57,320
Bismarck
$55,350
Grand Forks
$54,430
East Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area
$51,700
Fargo
$50,100
Far Eastern North Dakota nonmetropolitan area
$39,870


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