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 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 Pennsylvania

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$31,780
25th Percentile Wage
$37,650
50th Percentile Wage
$46,850
75th Percentile Wage
$58,280
90th Percentile Wage
$76,530

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 $76,530. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $46,850. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $31,780.

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
$46,850
3.35% 8.67%
2016
$45,280
2.85% -
2015
$43,990
-0.11% -
2014
$44,040
-0.34% -
2013
$44,190
3.17% -
2012
$42,790
- -

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 $36,970 to $70,140. The highest paying area for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in Pennsylvania is Newark-Union with a median annual salary of $70,140. The second highest paying city/area in Pennsylvania State is Philadelphia (mean annual salary $59,510). The lowest paying area is Johnstown with a median annual salary of $36,970.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Newark-Union
$70,140
Philadelphia
$59,510
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington
$58,640
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman
$57,070
Pittsburgh
$48,870
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton
$48,490
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre
$47,420
York-Hanover
$46,670
Harrisburg-Carlisle
$45,780
Lancaster
$45,600
Lebanon
$44,760
Reading
$44,620
State College
$44,410
Erie
$43,480
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$42,810
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$40,220
Altoona
$40,060
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$39,800
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$39,190
Williamsport
$38,570
Johnstown
$36,970




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