Operating Engineer and Other Construction Equipment Operator Salary Information in Pennsylvania

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$30,720
25th Percentile Wage
$36,500
50th Percentile Wage
$45,280
75th Percentile Wage
$55,660
90th Percentile Wage
$69,450

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in Pennsylvania in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $69,450. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $45,280. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $30,720.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$14.77
25th Percentile Wage
$17.55
50th Percentile Wage
$21.77
75th Percentile Wage
$26.76
90th Percentile Wage
$33.39

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in Pennsylvania in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $33.39. The median hourly salary is $21.77. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $14.77.

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
201645,2802.85%5.50%
201543,990-0.11%-
201444,040-0.34%-
201344,1903.17%-
201242,790--

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in some Pennsylvania cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in state of Pennsylvania ranges from $36,800 to $70,200. The highest paying area for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in Pennsylvania is Newark-Union with a median annual salary of $70,200. The second highest paying city/area in Pennsylvania State is Philadelphia (mean annual salary $56,040). The lowest paying area is Johnstown with a median annual salary of $36,800.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Newark-Union
$70,200
Philadelphia
$56,040
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington
$55,960
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman
$49,690
Pittsburgh
$47,350
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre
$46,370
York-Hanover
$45,910
Lancaster
$44,800
State College
$44,360
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton
$43,110
Erie
$42,970
Reading
$42,890
Lebanon
$42,510
Harrisburg-Carlisle
$42,510
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$42,290
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$40,220
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$39,170
Altoona
$38,820
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$38,640
Williamsport
$38,020
Johnstown
$36,800


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