Dredge Operator Salary Information

The salary statistics of dredge operators are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of dredge operators within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The dredge 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 Operator Salary in the United States

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

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for dredge operators. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) dredge operators is $72,330. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $40,950. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $25,540. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 183% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Table 2. Salary Trend

YearAverage Annual SalaryGrowth (%)
2014 $40,950 3.44%
2013 $39,590 6.51%
2012 $37,170 10.86%
2011 $33,530 -0.47%
2010 $33,690 -

Table 2 shows the salary trend for dredge operators from 2010 to 2014. We note that from 2010 to 2014 the average salary has increased by 21.55%. We note that in 2013 the average salary increased by 6.51%. We also see the year 2012 had a salary increase 10.86% while year 2011 had a negtive growth of -0.47%.

Table 3. Average Salary of Dredge Operators vs. Related Jobs

Table 4. Dredge Operator Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of dredge operators in 4 major industry sectors are shown in Table 4. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for dredge operators occupations is the construction sector with an annual salary $47,610. The lowest paying sector is the mining sector (annual salary $36,070).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government

Table 5. Median Annual Wage of Dredge Operators by States

From the above tables we note that not only dredge operators salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of dredge operators in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $29,400 to $68,370. The highest paying state for dredge operators is California with a median annual salary of $68,370. The lowest paying state is Nebraska with a median annual salary of $29,400. For more salary information of dredge operators profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
New Jersey
South Carolina