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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
$29,030
25th Percentile Wage
$35,170
50th Percentile Wage
$45,040
75th Percentile Wage
$60,610
90th Percentile Wage
$79,700

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
201645,0402.73%9.01%
201543,8102.08%-
201442,9002.26%-
201341,9302.27%-
201240,980--

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
$62,820
Utilities
$61,400
Transportation and Warehousing
$49,710
Construction
$46,690
Information
$45,600
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$45,440
Mining
$45,340
Manufacturing
$45,280
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$44,990
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$42,790
Retail Trade
$42,590
Federal, State, and Local Government
$40,980
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$40,790
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$40,070
Wholesale Trade
$39,940
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$39,060
Educational Services
$37,930
Accommodation and Food Services
$34,120
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$27,560


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