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 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage|| |
|25th Percentile Wage|| |
|50th Percentile Wage|| |
|75th Percentile Wage|| |
|90th Percentile Wage|| |
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.
The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators from 2012 to 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
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|| |
|Transportation and Warehousing|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Real Estate and Rental and Leasing|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|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 $19,530 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|
|New Jersey|| |
|New York|| |
|District of Columbia|| |
|Rhode Island|| |
|North Dakota|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|West Virginia|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|Virgin Islands|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |