An Operating Engineer earns an average wage of $28.68 per hour.

$44,131 - $126,181
(Median)
$44K
$62K
$130K
MEDIAN: $62,098
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$18.86 - $41.09
(Median)
$19
$29
$41
MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,131 - $126,181  
   
Bonus
$250.00 - $10,357  
Total Pay (?
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$41,692 - $101,069  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 59
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.86 - $41.09  
   
Overtime
$28.13 - $63.93  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$250.00 - $10,357  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$41,692 - $101,069  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 317
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Job Description for Operating Engineer

Operating engineers play key roles in the development of many of today's architectural systems around the world. They are often the first individuals to arrive at the construction site and the last to leave, and are responsible for controlling the daily operations of all on-site mechanical equipment, including bulldozers, backhoes, and cranes. They must be proficient in a range of construction engineering-related skills, from equipment operation to advanced mechanical repairing and others to ensure a job's completion by a given deadline.

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Operating Engineer Tasks

  • Be familiar with and conform to all written operating and safety procedures when working on-site.
  • Conduct preventative maintenance, fix company property, and maintain logs of completed work.
  • Monitor and adjust mechanical devices, control gauges, thermostats, and other equipment.
  • Coordinate contractor work orders for projects that require the use of an outside contractor.

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Pay by Experience Level for Operating Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $63,967

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Experience Affects Operating Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 8%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$64,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Operating Engineer Salaries

heavy equipment operator
up arrow 8%

National Average
$64,000

HVAC
up arrow 6%

Plumbing
up arrow 29%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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