Operating Engineer or Other Construction Equipment Operator Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Operating Engineer or Other Construction Equipment Operators earn an average of $24.68 per hour. Health benefits are not claimed by all — over a third lack any form of coverage — but the greater part have medical insurance, and about one-half have dental, too. Something to celebrate is that most people in this position are highly satisfied with their jobs. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$41,000 - $95,000
$70K
MEDIAN: $70,000
50%

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$16.00 - $40.06
$16
$25
$40
MEDIAN: $24.68
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$70,000  
   
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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$35,899 - $104,402  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 5
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.00 - $40.06  
   
Overtime
$21.29 - $53.04  
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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$35,899 - $104,402  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 39

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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

Pay by Experience for an Operating Engineer or Other Construction Equipment Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Operating Engineer or Other Construction Equipment Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 13 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Operating Engineer or Other Construction Equipment Operator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 13 salaries. An experienced Operating Engineer or Other Construction Equipment Operator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $68,000 based on 14 salaries. An Operating Engineer or Other Construction Equipment Operator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 14 salaries.

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
18%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
36%
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Experience Affects Operating Engineer or Other Construction Equipment Operator Salaries

Late-Career
▲11%

Mid-Career
▲11%

Experienced
▲8%

National Average
$63,000

Entry-Level
▼24%

Job Satisfaction

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

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 56%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
vision benefits
Vision: 31%
no benefits
None: 38%
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