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

The average annual and hourly salaries for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in the state of South Dakota 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 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 South Dakota

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$31,760
25th Percentile Wage
$34,850
50th Percentile Wage
$39,880
75th Percentile Wage
$48,620
90th Percentile Wage
$57,750

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in South Dakota in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $57,750. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $39,880. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $31,760.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$15.27
25th Percentile Wage
$16.75
50th Percentile Wage
$19.17
75th Percentile Wage
$23.37
90th Percentile Wage
$27.76

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in South Dakota in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $27.76. The median hourly salary is $19.17. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $15.27.

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
201639,8804.16%9.43%
201538,2202.20%-
201437,3802.59%-
201336,4100.80%-
201236,120--

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in some South Dakota cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in state of South Dakota ranges from $37,170 to $44,480. The highest paying area for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in South Dakota is Sioux City with a median annual salary of $44,480. The second highest paying city/area in South Dakota State is Western South Dakota nonmetropolitan area (mean annual salary $42,630). The lowest paying area is Central South Dakota nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $37,170.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Sioux City
$44,480
Western South Dakota nonmetropolitan area
$42,630
Sioux Falls
$40,140
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area
$39,570
Rapid City
$38,870
Central South Dakota nonmetropolitan area
$37,170


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