Men make up the majority of Operating Engineer or Other Construction Equipment Operators in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $25.01 per hour. While over a third report receiving no health benefits, the larger part do receive medical coverage, and a little more than half have dental, as well. The majority of Operating Engineer or Other Construction Equipment Operators claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$40,695 - $97,211
$62K
MEDIAN: $62,500
50%

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$15.78 - $44.70
$16
$25
$45
MEDIAN: $25.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$62,500  
   
Bonus
$1,500  
Total Pay (?
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$34,897 - $103,437  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 8
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.78 - $44.70  
   
Overtime
$20.63 - $53.72  
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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$34,897 - $103,437  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 40

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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

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

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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.


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $48K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $71K. For Operating Engineer or Other Construction Equipment Operators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $69K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $73K.

Key Stats for Operating Engineer or Other Construction Equipment Operator

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 3 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
35%
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Experience Affects Operating Engineer or Other Construction Equipment Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$63,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 3 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
35%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 58%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
vision benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 37%
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