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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Construction Equipment Operator Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
25th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
90th Percentile Wage

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 $79,700. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $45,040. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $29,030. Note 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 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of construction equipment operators from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth

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 health care and social assistance sector with an annual salary $62,820. The lowest paying sector is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (annual salary $27,560).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Health Care and Social Assistance
Transportation and Warehousing
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
Retail Trade
Federal, State, and Local Government
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Wholesale Trade
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
Educational Services
Accommodation and Food Services
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation


Highest paying industries for construction equipment operators.