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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage 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.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$47,040
2.44% 10.99%
2016
$45,890
2.81% -
2015
$44,600
2.44% -
2014
$43,510
2.23% -
2013
$42,540
1.57% -
2012
$41,870
- -

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 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
Utilities
$61,850
Health Care and Social Assistance
$61,670
Transportation and Warehousing
$50,690
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$50,050
Construction
$49,150
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$47,320
Manufacturing
$46,230
Mining
$45,500
Information
$45,250
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$44,700
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$44,190
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$43,530
Federal, State, and Local Government
$42,600
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$40,510
Wholesale Trade
$39,890
Educational Services
$37,170
Retail Trade
$36,290
Accommodation and Food Services
$35,550
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$30,420

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 $19,500 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
Illinois
$80,450
Hawaii
$73,230
Alaska
$70,140
California
$68,300
New Jersey
$67,570
New York
$65,820
Connecticut
$65,320
District of Columbia
$62,170
Rhode Island
$62,070
Massachusetts
$61,510
Washington
$61,120
Minnesota
$60,510
Wisconsin
$59,780
North Dakota
$56,710
Wyoming
$56,470
Ohio
$54,400
Nevada
$54,340
Oregon
$53,520
Indiana
$52,800
Missouri
$51,920
Montana
$49,710
Michigan
$49,130
Colorado
$48,330
New Hampshire
$47,550
Maryland
$47,070
Pennsylvania
$46,850
Arizona
$46,060
Iowa
$45,810
Utah
$45,640
Kentucky
$44,620
Idaho
$43,440
South Dakota
$42,700
Vermont
$42,340
Louisiana
$41,130
Virginia
$40,050
New Mexico
$39,960
Delaware
$39,830
Nebraska
$39,780
West Virginia
$39,380
Maine
$38,720
Oklahoma
$38,430
Texas
$38,370
Alabama
$38,340
Tennessee
$37,920
Florida
$36,930
Kansas
$36,880
North Carolina
$36,620
South Carolina
$36,550
Virgin Islands
$35,920
Mississippi
$35,530
Arkansas
$35,430
Georgia
$35,290
Guam
$32,440
Puerto Rico
$19,500



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