The salary statistics of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The operating engineers and other construction equipment 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 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage||$30,450|
|25th Percentile Wage||$36,500|
|50th Percentile Wage||$47,040|
|75th Percentile Wage||$62,730|
|90th Percentile Wage||$82,280|
Table 1 shows the average annual salary for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) operating engineers and other construction equipment operators is $82,280. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $47,040. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $30,450. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 170% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
The average salaries of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in 19 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 operating engineers and other construction equipment operators occupations is the utilities sector with an annual salary $61,850. The lowest paying sector is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (annual salary $30,420).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Transportation and Warehousing|| |
|Real Estate and Rental and Leasing|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Retail Trade|| |
|Accommodation and Food Services|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
From the above tables we note that not only operating engineers and other construction equipment 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 operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $19,500 to $80,450. The highest paying state for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators is Illinois with a median annual salary of $80,450. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $19,500. For more salary information of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.
|State Name||Median Annual Salary|
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|New York|| |
|District of Columbia|| |
|Rhode Island|| |
|North Dakota|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|West Virginia|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|Virgin Islands|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |