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 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 Wisconsin

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$35,800
25th Percentile Wage
$43,290
50th Percentile Wage
$54,980
75th Percentile Wage
$72,450
90th Percentile Wage
$82,120

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 $82,120. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $54,980. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $35,800.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$17.21
25th Percentile Wage
$20.81
50th Percentile Wage
$26.43
75th Percentile Wage
$34.83
90th Percentile Wage
$39.47

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in Wisconsin in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $39.47. The median hourly salary is $26.43. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $17.21.

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
201654,9803.33%4.69%
201553,150-4.74%-
201455,6706.77%-
201351,900-0.96%-
201252,400--

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 $37,990 to $85,560. 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 $85,560. The second highest paying city/area in Wisconsin State is La Crosse (mean annual salary $77,070). The lowest paying area is Sheboygan with a median annual salary of $37,990.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Lake County-Kenosha County
$85,560
La Crosse
$77,070
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis
$70,150
Duluth
$69,780
Madison
$67,830
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington
$67,000
Racine
$64,460
Green Bay
$62,430
Fond du Lac
$56,990
Janesville
$54,320
Wausau
$51,000
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
$50,670
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
$50,010
Oshkosh-Neenah
$48,340
Northern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
$46,910
Appleton
$46,130
Southwestern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
$45,870
Eau Claire
$45,000
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
$43,840
Sheboygan
$37,990


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