Operating Engineer and Other Construction Equipment Operator Salary Information in Texas

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$26,900
25th Percentile Wage
$31,930
50th Percentile Wage
$37,560
75th Percentile Wage
$46,900
90th Percentile Wage
$58,700

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in Texas in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $58,700. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $37,560. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $26,900.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$12.93
25th Percentile Wage
$15.35
50th Percentile Wage
$18.05
75th Percentile Wage
$22.55
90th Percentile Wage
$28.22

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in Texas in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $28.22. The median hourly salary is $18.05. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $12.93.

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
201637,5601.76%9.90%
201536,9003.09%-
201435,7602.21%-
201334,9703.23%-
201233,840--

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in some Texas cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in state of Texas ranges from $28,350 to $46,360. The highest paying area for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in Texas is Beaumont-Port Arthur with a median annual salary of $46,360. The second highest paying city/area in Texas State is Odessa (mean annual salary $45,000). The lowest paying area is McAllen-Edinburg-Mission with a median annual salary of $28,350.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Beaumont-Port Arthur
$46,360
Odessa
$45,000
Midland
$43,800
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area
$41,920
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown
$38,840
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area
$38,680
Dallas-Plano-Irving
$38,270
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington
$38,010
North Central Texas nonmetropolitan area
$37,970
Victoria
$37,870
Corpus Christi
$37,570
College Station-Bryan
$37,430
Fort Worth-Arlington
$37,420
Lubbock
$37,350
Southern Texas nonmetropolitan area
$37,230
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area
$37,130
Longview
$36,900
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos
$36,530
San Angelo
$35,940
Tyler
$35,610
San Antonio-New Braunfels
$34,980
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area
$34,650
Sherman-Denison
$33,960
Amarillo
$33,690
Waco
$33,010
Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood
$32,190
Texarkana-Texarkana
$32,120
El Paso
$31,340
Abilene
$30,730
Wichita Falls
$30,170
Laredo
$29,210
Brownsville-Harlingen
$28,620
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission
$28,350


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