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Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operator Salary Information

The salary statistics of excavating and loading machine and dragline operators are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of excavating and loading machine and dragline operators within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The excavating and loading machine and dragline operators annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$28,360
25th Percentile Wage
$34,470
50th Percentile Wage
$42,500
75th Percentile Wage
$55,070
90th Percentile Wage
$71,860

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for excavating and loading machine and dragline operators. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) excavating and loading machine and dragline operators is $71,860. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $42,500. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $28,360. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 153% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of excavating and loading machine and dragline operators from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$42,500
3.46% 9.91%
2016
$41,030
2.39% -
2015
$40,050
0.55% -
2014
$39,830
2.33% -
2013
$38,900
1.57% -
2012
$38,290
- -

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

The average salaries of excavating and loading machine and dragline 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 excavating and loading machine and dragline operators occupations is the utilities sector with an annual salary $66,090. The lowest paying sector is the accommodation and food services sector (annual salary $29,640).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$66,090
Transportation and Warehousing
$45,810
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$45,100
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$44,290
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$44,100
Mining
$43,750
Construction
$42,400
Manufacturing
$41,910
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$41,020
Federal, State, and Local Government
$40,280
Wholesale Trade
$37,720
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$37,420
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$35,470
Retail Trade
$29,800
Accommodation and Food Services
$29,640

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators by States

From the above tables we note that not only excavating and loading machine and dragline 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 excavating and loading machine and dragline operators in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $21,460 to $79,590. The highest paying state for excavating and loading machine and dragline operators is Alaska with a median annual salary of $79,590. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $21,460. For more salary information of excavating and loading machine and dragline operators profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Alaska
$79,590
Wyoming
$71,930
Washington
$64,770
California
$61,680
North Dakota
$58,840
Connecticut
$58,020
New Jersey
$56,830
District of Columbia
$55,810
Rhode Island
$55,200
Hawaii
$54,840
Massachusetts
$54,420
New York
$54,080
Illinois
$52,070
Montana
$50,380
Colorado
$50,360
Nevada
$50,030
Maryland
$49,840
Minnesota
$49,560
Wisconsin
$47,530
Oregon
$47,280
Indiana
$46,050
Michigan
$45,410
New Hampshire
$45,160
Arizona
$44,770
Kentucky
$44,240
Delaware
$42,830
Idaho
$42,440
South Dakota
$41,430
Kansas
$41,340
Ohio
$40,720
West Virginia
$40,560
Pennsylvania
$40,540
Georgia
$40,510
South Carolina
$40,470
Utah
$39,990
Virginia
$39,950
Alabama
$39,890
New Mexico
$39,620
Louisiana
$39,610
Maine
$39,550
Missouri
$39,520
Vermont
$39,340
Oklahoma
$38,860
Nebraska
$38,270
North Carolina
$37,540
Florida
$37,420
Texas
$36,810
Iowa
$36,670
Mississippi
$36,140
Tennessee
$35,980
Arkansas
$35,620
Guam
$35,460
Puerto Rico
$21,460



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