Operating Engineer and Other Construction Equipment Operator Salary Information in Wisconsin

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$36,430
25th Percentile Wage
$44,480
50th Percentile Wage
$59,780
75th Percentile Wage
$75,320
90th Percentile Wage
$87,800

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in Wisconsin in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $87,800. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $59,780. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $36,430.

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
$59,780
8.03% 12.35%
2016
$54,980
3.33% -
2015
$53,150
-4.74% -
2014
$55,670
6.77% -
2013
$51,900
-0.96% -
2012
$52,400
- -

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in some Wisconsin cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in state of Wisconsin ranges from $41,160 to $82,500. The highest paying area for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in Wisconsin is Lake County-Kenosha County with a median annual salary of $82,500. The second highest paying city/area in Wisconsin State is La Crosse (mean annual salary $73,710). The lowest paying area is Sheboygan with a median annual salary of $41,160.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Lake County-Kenosha County
$82,500
La Crosse
$73,710
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis
$72,730
Duluth
$69,860
Madison
$67,680
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington
$66,650
Green Bay
$65,870
Racine
$64,900
Janesville
$63,990
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
$61,210
Fond du Lac
$53,820
Oshkosh-Neenah
$51,300
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
$49,450
Appleton
$48,390
Wausau
$47,920
Northern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
$46,910
Southwestern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
$46,880
Eau Claire
$46,360
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
$44,280
Sheboygan
$41,160




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