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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 2014 and published in May 2015 [1].

Table 1. Dredge, Excavating, and Loading Machine Operator Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$68,640
75th Percentile Wage
$53,820
50th Percentile Wage
$40,650
25th Percentile Wage
$32,690
10th Percentile Wage
$26,820

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 $68,640. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $40,650. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $26,820. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 155% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Table 2. Average Salary of Dredge, Excavating, and Loading Machine Operators vs. Related Jobs

OccupationAverage Wage
Dredge, Excavating, and Loading Machine Operators
$40,650
Dredge Operators
$40,950
Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators
$39,830
Underground Mining Loading Machine Operators
$50,290
Hoist and Winch Operators
$39,580
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators
$31,340
Laborers and Material Movers
$23,380

Table 3. Dredge, Excavating, and Loading Machine Operator Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of dredge, excavating, and loading machine operators in 14 major industry sectors are shown in Table 3. 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 $65,110. The lowest paying sector is the wholesale trade sector (annual salary $34,300).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$65,110
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$53,690
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$48,700
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$47,620
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$46,070
Mining
$42,590
Transportation and Warehousing
$42,030
Manufacturing
$42,010
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$41,670
Construction
$39,360
Retail Trade
$38,000
Federal, State, and Local Government
$36,500
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$36,390
Wholesale Trade
$34,300

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