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Operating Engineer and Other Construction Equipment Operator Salary Information

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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Operating Engineer and Other Construction Equipment Operator Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$29,730
25th Percentile Wage
$35,760
50th Percentile Wage
$45,890
75th Percentile Wage
$61,480
90th Percentile Wage
$80,200

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 $80,200. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $45,890. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $29,730. 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 169% 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 operating engineers and other construction equipment operators from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201645,8902.81%8.76%
201544,6002.44%-
201443,5102.23%-
201342,5401.57%-
201241,870--

Table 2. Operating Engineer and Other Construction Equipment Operator Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in 18 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 health care and social assistance sector with an annual salary $62,820. The lowest paying sector is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (annual salary $27,380).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Health Care and Social Assistance
$62,820
Utilities
$61,370
Transportation and Warehousing
$49,770
Construction
$47,850
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$46,820
Manufacturing
$46,340
Information
$45,600
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$45,430
Mining
$45,410
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$43,450
Federal, State, and Local Government
$41,650
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$41,050
Wholesale Trade
$40,320
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$39,280
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$39,060
Educational Services
$37,780
Accommodation and Food Services
$34,040
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$27,380

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators by States

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 $19,530 to $80,740. The highest paying state for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators is Illinois with a median annual salary of $80,740. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $19,530. 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
Illinois
$80,740
Hawaii
$74,720
Alaska
$68,710
California
$66,620
New Jersey
$65,930
Massachusetts
$65,210
New York
$63,870
Connecticut
$63,060
District of Columbia
$60,490
Minnesota
$59,830
Rhode Island
$59,360
Washington
$59,040
North Dakota
$56,260
Wyoming
$56,060
Nevada
$54,980
Wisconsin
$54,980
Oregon
$52,790
Ohio
$50,900
Indiana
$50,810
Missouri
$50,730
Michigan
$48,920
Montana
$48,300
Colorado
$47,370
Maryland
$46,990
New Hampshire
$46,490
Arizona
$45,800
Pennsylvania
$45,280
Iowa
$45,120
Utah
$43,410
Vermont
$40,900
Idaho
$40,750
Louisiana
$39,990
South Dakota
$39,880
West Virginia
$39,880
Virginia
$39,410
New Mexico
$39,350
Kentucky
$39,270
Nebraska
$38,380
Delaware
$37,800
Mississippi
$37,650
Texas
$37,560
Tennessee
$37,390
Oklahoma
$37,330
Kansas
$36,950
Virgin Islands
$36,900
Maine
$36,720
Alabama
$36,550
Florida
$36,270
South Carolina
$36,120
North Carolina
$35,890
Georgia
$34,550
Guam
$33,720
Arkansas
$33,600
Puerto Rico
$19,530


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