Operating Engineer and Other Construction Equipment Operator Salary Information in Virginia

The average annual and hourly salaries for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in the state of Virginia are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators amongst Virginia metropolitan areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators in Virginia

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$27,860
25th Percentile Wage
$33,140
50th Percentile Wage
$39,410
75th Percentile Wage
$49,140
90th Percentile Wage
$59,290

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in Virginia in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $59,290. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $39,410. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $27,860.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$13.40
25th Percentile Wage
$15.93
50th Percentile Wage
$18.95
75th Percentile Wage
$23.63
90th Percentile Wage
$28.50

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in Virginia in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $28.50. The median hourly salary is $18.95. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $13.40.

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
201639,4103.86%7.87%
201537,8901.79%-
201437,2103.28%-
201335,990-0.89%-
201236,310--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators in Virginia Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in some Virginia cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in state of Virginia ranges from $31,920 to $38,980. The highest paying area for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in Virginia is Richmond with a median annual salary of $38,980. The second highest paying city/area in Virginia State is Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News (mean annual salary $38,780). The lowest paying area is Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford with a median annual salary of $31,920.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Richmond
$38,980
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News
$38,780
Harrisonburg
$38,620
Charlottesville
$38,550
Southside Virginia nonmetropolitan area
$37,340
Southwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area
$37,000
Northwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area
$36,990
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area
$36,530
Roanoke
$36,040
Lynchburg
$35,910
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol
$34,660
Danville
$32,230
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford
$31,920


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