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 among Washington 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 Washington

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$41,400
25th Percentile Wage
$50,350
50th Percentile Wage
$61,120
75th Percentile Wage
$75,710
90th Percentile Wage
$90,970

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 $90,970. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $61,120. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $41,400.

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
$61,120
3.40% 6.15%
2016
$59,040
2.30% -
2015
$57,680
-1.11% -
2014
$58,320
-0.98% -
2013
$58,890
2.60% -
2012
$57,360
- -

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 $48,670 to $72,980. The highest paying area for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in Washington is Tacoma with a median annual salary of $72,980. The second highest paying city/area in Washington State is Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue (mean annual salary $68,660). The lowest paying area is Central Washington nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $48,670.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Tacoma
$72,980
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue
$68,660
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett
$67,810
Bremerton-Silverdale
$62,860
Bellingham
$62,500
Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area
$61,380
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro
$60,020
Olympia
$59,510
Wenatchee-East Wenatchee
$59,190
Longview
$57,260
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area
$55,540
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area
$54,830
Yakima
$54,380
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland
$53,200
Spokane
$52,610
Lewiston
$51,710
Mount Vernon-Anacortes
$49,280
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area
$48,670




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