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 among 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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$28,480
25th Percentile Wage
$33,610
50th Percentile Wage
$40,050
75th Percentile Wage
$50,260
90th Percentile Wage
$60,760

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 $60,760. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $40,050. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $28,480.

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
$40,050
1.60% 9.34%
2016
$39,410
3.86% -
2015
$37,890
1.79% -
2014
$37,210
3.28% -
2013
$35,990
-0.89% -
2012
$36,310
- -

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 $32,230 to $42,000. The highest paying area for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in Virginia is Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol with a median annual salary of $42,000. The second highest paying city/area in Virginia State is Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News (mean annual salary $41,550). The lowest paying area is Danville with a median annual salary of $32,230.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol
$42,000
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News
$41,550
Harrisonburg
$38,570
Richmond
$38,430
Charlottesville
$38,220
Northwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area
$37,970
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area
$37,620
Southside Virginia nonmetropolitan area
$37,370
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford
$37,320
Roanoke
$36,910
Lynchburg
$35,810
Southwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area
$33,560
Danville
$32,230




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