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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$27,220
25th Percentile Wage
$33,500
50th Percentile Wage
$41,030
75th Percentile Wage
$53,490
90th Percentile Wage
$69,280

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 $69,280. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $41,030. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $27,220. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 154% 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 excavating and loading machine and dragline operators from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201641,0302.39%6.68%
201540,0500.55%-
201439,8302.33%-
201338,9001.57%-
201238,290--

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 $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
$53,770
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$46,290
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$44,980
Manufacturing
$44,020
Mining
$42,930
Transportation and Warehousing
$41,080
Construction
$40,650
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
$39,180
Federal, State, and Local Government
$38,600
Wholesale Trade
$35,940
Accommodation and Food Services
$29,640
Retail Trade
$28,380

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 $20,580 to $72,020. The highest paying state for excavating and loading machine and dragline operators is Wyoming with a median annual salary of $72,020. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $20,580. 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
Wyoming
$72,020
Washington
$62,280
Alaska
$60,220
California
$59,670
North Dakota
$57,630
New Jersey
$55,260
Connecticut
$54,910
Rhode Island
$54,480
Nevada
$54,010
New York
$53,970
District of Columbia
$53,680
Massachusetts
$52,880
Illinois
$50,280
Minnesota
$49,910
Maryland
$48,520
Wisconsin
$47,810
Colorado
$47,800
Oregon
$47,090
Indiana
$44,550
New Hampshire
$43,710
New Mexico
$43,620
South Carolina
$43,410
Arizona
$42,700
Kentucky
$42,440
Delaware
$42,150
West Virginia
$41,450
Michigan
$41,260
Pennsylvania
$41,020
Vermont
$40,830
Louisiana
$40,260
Montana
$40,040
Alabama
$39,950
Georgia
$39,880
Ohio
$39,820
Idaho
$39,280
Maine
$39,280
Kansas
$38,820
Oklahoma
$38,210
Virginia
$38,160
Utah
$38,110
Missouri
$37,920
South Dakota
$37,600
Nebraska
$37,210
North Carolina
$36,920
Florida
$36,520
Iowa
$36,220
Tennessee
$35,290
Texas
$34,810
Mississippi
$33,930
Arkansas
$32,510
Guam
$31,220
Puerto Rico
$20,580


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