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 amongst 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 2017 and published in April 2018 [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
$27,190
25th Percentile Wage
$31,060
50th Percentile Wage
$36,550
75th Percentile Wage
$44,270
90th Percentile Wage
$54,130

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 $54,130. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $36,550. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $27,190.

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
$36,550
1.18% 8.02%
2016
$36,120
4.60% -
2015
$34,460
2.44% -
2014
$33,620
-0.06% -
2013
$33,640
0.06% -
2012
$33,620
- -

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 $31,630 to $38,940. The highest paying area for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in South Carolina is Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville with a median annual salary of $38,940. The second highest paying city/area in South Carolina State is Greenville-Mauldin-Easley (mean annual salary $38,560). The lowest paying area is Florence with a median annual salary of $31,630.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville
$38,940
Greenville-Mauldin-Easley
$38,560
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$38,050
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill
$37,080
Lower Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$36,900
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$36,670
Pee Dee South Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$36,540
Columbia
$35,850
Anderson
$35,710
Myrtle Beach-North Myrtle Beach-Conway
$34,840
Augusta-Richmond County
$34,400
Sumter
$34,150
Spartanburg
$32,030
Florence
$31,630




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