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Dredge, Excavating, and Loading Machine Operator Salary Information

The salary statistics of dredge, excavating, and loading machine operators are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of dredge, excavating, and loading machine operators in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of dredge, excavating, and loading machine operators within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The dredge, excavating, and loading machine 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. Dredge, Excavating, and Loading Machine Operator Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$27,380
25th Percentile Wage
$33,690
50th Percentile Wage
$41,600
75th Percentile Wage
$54,540
90th Percentile Wage
$69,170

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for dredge, excavating, and loading machine operators. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) dredge, excavating, and loading machine operators is $69,170. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $41,600. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $27,380. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 152% 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 dredge, excavating, and loading machine operators from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201641,6002.28%6.35%
201540,6500.00%-
201440,6502.44%-
201339,6601.77%-
201238,960--

Table 2. Dredge, Excavating, and Loading Machine Operator Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of dredge, excavating, and loading machine operators in 15 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 dredge, excavating, and loading machine operators occupations is the utilities sector with an annual salary $64,600. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $28,380).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$64,600
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$54,270
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$46,290
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$45,090
Mining
$44,170
Manufacturing
$43,940
Transportation and Warehousing
$41,090
Construction
$40,880
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$39,820
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$39,550
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$39,190
Federal, State, and Local Government
$39,150
Wholesale Trade
$35,950
Accommodation and Food Services
$29,640
Retail Trade
$28,380


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