A sizeable majority of Operating Engineer or Other Construction Equipment Operators in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $25.00 per hour. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — about a third lack coverage. On the flip side, the larger part have medical insurance and more than half receive dental plans. Most Operating Engineer or Other Construction Equipment Operators report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$39,305 - $99,159
(Median)
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$52K
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MEDIAN: $52,380
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$14.43 - $44.04
(Median)
$14
$25
$44
MEDIAN: $25.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$52,381  
   
Bonus
$1,500  
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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$33,941 - $103,437  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 6
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.43 - $44.04  
   
Overtime
$20.45 - $54.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,500  
   
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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$33,941 - $103,437  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 42
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Job Description for Operating Engineer or Other Construction Equipment Operator

The work of operating engineers can vary greatly, but typically revolves around large machinery and requires exorbitant amounts of strength and dedication. While formal education beyond a high school diploma is not typically required, at least 6,000 hours of training over 3 years are required for the position.

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Operating Engineer or Other Construction Equipment Operator Tasks

  • Document daily activities, encountered problems, and equipment usage and malfunction.
  • Review and/or respond to client service requests, identifying and correcting operational issues.
  • Operate and monitor machinery, performing maintenance, repair, and sanitation.

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Pay by Experience Level for Operating Engineer or Other Construction Equipment Operator

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


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $42K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $64K. Operating Engineer or Other Construction Equipment Operators see a median salary of $58K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $74K.

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Experience Affects Operating Engineer or Other Construction Equipment Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$63,000

Experienced
up arrow 7%

Entry-Level
up arrow 34%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 4 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
40%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 61%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
medical benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 33%
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