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Construction Equipment Operator Salary Information

The salary statistics of construction equipment operators are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of construction equipment operators in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of construction equipment operators within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The construction equipment operators annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Construction Equipment Operator Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$29,710
25th Percentile Wage
$35,850
50th Percentile Wage
$46,080
75th Percentile Wage
$61,780
90th Percentile Wage
$81,640

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for construction equipment operators. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) construction equipment operators is $81,640. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $46,080. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $29,710. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 174% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of construction equipment operators from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$46,080
2.26% 11.07%
2016
$45,040
2.73% -
2015
$43,810
2.08% -
2014
$42,900
2.26% -
2013
$41,930
2.27% -
2012
$40,980
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Table 2. Construction Equipment Operator Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of construction equipment operators in 19 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for construction equipment operators occupations is the utilities sector with an annual salary $61,930. The lowest paying sector is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (annual salary $30,540).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$61,930
Health Care and Social Assistance
$61,670
Transportation and Warehousing
$49,600
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$49,230
Construction
$47,800
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$45,850
Manufacturing
$45,630
Mining
$45,380
Information
$45,250
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$44,060
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$43,530
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$43,400
Federal, State, and Local Government
$41,950
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$41,200
Wholesale Trade
$39,530
Educational Services
$37,100
Retail Trade
$36,350
Accommodation and Food Services
$35,560
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$30,540



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