Salary for Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators

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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.

A Operating Engineer or Other Construction Equipment Operator will most likely earn wages that can range from $32,980 to $87,220 depending on education and tenure levels. will usually earn a wage of fifty-five thousand two hundred and eigthy dollars on an annual basis.

can obtain the highest salaries in New York, where they can earn pay of approximately $85,700. These people are compensated the highest in Utilities, which has an average salary rate of $65,400.

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SALARY TREND

The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 47.41 percent nationwide in that time.

INDUSTRIES

Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators tend to make the most in the following industries:

Utilities
$65,400
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$59,360
Construction
$58,470
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$54,930
Transportation and Warehousing
$54,660
Manufacturing
$52,040

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$42,350
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$42,410
Educational Services
$44,940
Accommodation and Food Services
$45,150
Wholesale Trade
$45,300
Information
$45,990