Operating Engineer and Other Construction Equipment Operator Salary Information in Washington

The average annual and hourly salaries for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in the state of Washington are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators amongst Washington cities 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 Washington

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$40,250
25th Percentile Wage
$48,000
50th Percentile Wage
$59,040
75th Percentile Wage
$71,860
90th Percentile Wage
$81,740

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in Washington in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $81,740. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $59,040. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $40,250.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$19.35
25th Percentile Wage
$23.08
50th Percentile Wage
$28.38
75th Percentile Wage
$34.54
90th Percentile Wage
$39.29

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in Washington in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $39.29. The median hourly salary is $28.38. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $19.35.

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
201659,0402.30%2.85%
201557,680-1.11%-
201458,320-0.98%-
201358,8902.60%-
201257,360--

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in some Washington cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in state of Washington ranges from $45,640 to $67,680. The highest paying area for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in Washington is Seattle-Bellevue-Everett with a median annual salary of $67,680. The second highest paying city/area in Washington State is Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue (mean annual salary $67,290). The lowest paying area is Central Washington nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $45,640.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett
$67,680
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue
$67,290
Tacoma
$65,440
Bellingham
$61,770
Bremerton-Silverdale
$61,420
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro
$59,350
Olympia
$58,930
Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area
$57,330
Longview
$56,160
Yakima
$54,400
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland
$54,050
Wenatchee-East Wenatchee
$52,720
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area
$52,710
Lewiston
$50,460
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area
$50,270
Spokane
$48,930
Mount Vernon-Anacortes
$48,550
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area
$45,640


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