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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 2014 and published in May 2015 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$69,280
75th Percentile Wage
$52,670
50th Percentile Wage
$39,830
25th Percentile Wage
$32,540
10th Percentile Wage
$26,800

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 $39,830. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $26,800. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 158% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Table 2. Salary Trend

YearAverage Annual SalaryGrowth (%)
2014 $39,830 2.39%
2013 $38,900 1.59%
2012 $38,290 2.43%
2011 $37,380 1.25%
2010 $36,920 -

Table 2 shows the salary trend for excavating and loading machine and dragline operators from 2010 to 2014. We note that from 2010 to 2014 the average salary has increased by 7.88%. We note that in 2013 the average salary increased by 1.59%. We also note that the average annual wage had a moderate growth of 2.43% in 2012 and a moderate growth of 1.25% in 2011.

Table 3. Average Salary of Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators vs. Related Jobs

Table 4. Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operator Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of excavating and loading machine and dragline operators in 14 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 excavating and loading machine and dragline operators occupations is the utilities sector with an annual salary $65,200. The lowest paying sector is the wholesale trade sector (annual salary $34,260).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$65,200
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$53,690
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$48,510
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$47,620
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$46,070
Transportation and Warehousing
$42,150
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$41,660
Manufacturing
$41,470
Mining
$41,060
Construction
$39,140
Retail Trade
$38,000
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$36,390
Federal, State, and Local Government
$36,140
Wholesale Trade
$34,260

Table 5. 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 $20,520 to $63,760. The highest paying state for excavating and loading machine and dragline operators is Wyoming with a median annual salary of $63,760. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $20,520. 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
$63,760
South Carolina
$63,510
Washington
$60,490
Massachusetts
$58,930
California
$56,010
New Jersey
$52,300
New York
$51,080
Minnesota
$49,300
Illinois
$49,050
West Virginia
$48,370
North Dakota
$48,110
Hawaii
$47,550
Alaska
$47,300
Rhode Island
$47,160
Delaware
$46,330
Nevada
$46,140
Maryland
$45,380
Wisconsin
$43,580
Pennsylvania
$41,590
Connecticut
$41,220
Oregon
$41,160
New Hampshire
$41,120
Kentucky
$40,550
Kansas
$40,280
New Mexico
$40,000
Missouri
$39,630
Colorado
$39,470
Montana
$39,470
Louisiana
$39,060
Utah
$38,790
Georgia
$38,750
Michigan
$38,010
Ohio
$37,330
Indiana
$37,320
Virginia
$37,290
Maine
$36,750
Idaho
$36,570
Oklahoma
$36,560
Florida
$36,280
Vermont
$36,280
Alabama
$36,090
Mississippi
$35,510
Nebraska
$35,510
Arizona
$35,010
North Carolina
$34,670
Iowa
$34,510
Texas
$34,430
Tennessee
$34,330
South Dakota
$34,240
Arkansas
$30,490
Guam
$23,950
Puerto Rico
$20,520