Operating Engineer and Other Construction Equipment Operator Salary Information in Tennessee

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$28,530
25th Percentile Wage
$33,140
50th Percentile Wage
$37,920
75th Percentile Wage
$46,580
90th Percentile Wage
$58,460

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in Tennessee in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $58,460. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $37,920. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $28,530.

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
$37,920
1.40% 9.36%
2016
$37,390
1.60% -
2015
$36,790
1.69% -
2014
$36,170
3.62% -
2013
$34,860
1.41% -
2012
$34,370
- -

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in some Tennessee cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in state of Tennessee ranges from $33,660 to $41,570. The highest paying area for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in Tennessee is Chattanooga with a median annual salary of $41,570. The second highest paying city/area in Tennessee State is Clarksville (mean annual salary $38,580). The lowest paying area is Johnson City with a median annual salary of $33,660.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Chattanooga
$41,570
Clarksville
$38,580
Memphis
$38,530
Cleveland
$38,230
Knoxville
$38,070
Jackson
$37,890
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
$37,690
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin
$37,680
Morristown
$37,510
Western Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
$36,850
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
$36,580
North Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
$36,030
Johnson City
$33,660




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