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

The average annual and hourly salaries for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in the state of South 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 South 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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$26,590
25th Percentile Wage
$30,550
50th Percentile Wage
$36,120
75th Percentile Wage
$43,620
90th Percentile Wage
$52,140

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in South Carolina in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $52,140. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $36,120. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $26,590.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$12.78
25th Percentile Wage
$14.69
50th Percentile Wage
$17.37
75th Percentile Wage
$20.97
90th Percentile Wage
$25.07

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in South Carolina in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $25.07. The median hourly salary is $17.37. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $12.78.

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
201636,1204.60%6.92%
201534,4602.44%-
201433,620-0.06%-
201333,6400.06%-
201233,620--

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in some South Carolina cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in state of South Carolina ranges from $30,350 to $38,820. The highest paying area for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in South Carolina is Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $38,820. The second highest paying city/area in South Carolina State is Greenville-Mauldin-Easley (mean annual salary $38,300). The lowest paying area is Florence with a median annual salary of $30,350.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$38,820
Greenville-Mauldin-Easley
$38,300
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville
$38,020
Columbia
$36,800
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill
$35,980
Anderson
$35,710
Lower Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$35,140
Myrtle Beach-North Myrtle Beach-Conway
$34,810
Spartanburg
$34,670
Augusta-Richmond County
$33,950
Pee Dee South Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$33,390
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$33,080
Sumter
$31,750
Florence
$30,350


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