Salary for Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators

Also known as:  Angle Dozer Operator, Blade Grader Operator, Bulldozer Operator, Ditching Machine Operating Engineer, Grader Operator, Motor Grader Operator, Scraper Operator, Steam Shovel Operating Engineer, Steam Shovel Operator

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Operating engineers or other Construction Equipment Operators are similar to any other construction operation jobs. They control miscellaneous equipment on construction sites. The work is very physically demanding and strenuous as the tools can cause injury and workers usually do their job outside in often adverse weather conditions. There are also a good number of Operating engineers or other Construction Equipment Operators who have irregular working hours. To become a Operating engineer or other Construction Equipment Operator, one must complete his or her high school diploma or GED. Employers will often train new hires on the job, but some choose to learn their trade at a vocational school or attend another formal apprenticeship program.

An Operating Engineer or Other Construction Equipment Operator can expect an average pay level ranging between 32000 to 48000 based on tenure and industry expertise. Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators can expect a pay level of Forty Six Thousand Four Hundred dollars annually.

Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators can make the highest salaries in Hawaii, where they can receive normal pay levels of just about $66410. This group of professionals are compensated the highest in Utilities, where they can get average pay scales of $57280.

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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 19.67 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators tend to make the most in the following industries
Health Care and Social Assistance $57,280
Utilities $53,130
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing $47,770
Construction $47,240
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $46,360
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction $43,010
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Retail Trade $36,030
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation $36,960
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting $37,080
Other Services (except Public Administration) $37,130
Wholesale Trade $37,610
Information $38,420
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