Operating Engineer or Other Construction Equipment Operator Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Operating Engineer or Other Construction Equipment Operators in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $23.83 per hour nationwide. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — about two in five lack coverage. On the flip side, slightly more than half have medical insurance and a little more than half receive dental plans. It's worth noting that most people in this role find their work both fulfilling and enjoyable. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$40,000 - $98,264
$70K
MEDIAN: $70,000
50%

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$15.89 - $40.85
$16
$24
$41
MEDIAN: $23.83
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$70,000  
   
Bonus
$1,500  
Total Pay (?
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$35,529 - $104,732  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 7
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.89 - $40.85  
   
Overtime
$20.88 - $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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$35,529 - $104,732  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 36
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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 for the relatively untried average out to around $48K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $70K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $68K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $69K on average.

Key Stats for Operating Engineer or Other Construction Equipment Operator

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 2 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
33%
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Experience Affects Operating Engineer or Other Construction Equipment Operator Salaries

Late-Career
▲14%

Mid-Career
▲14%

Experienced
▲11%

National Average
$61,000

Entry-Level
▼22%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 2 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 53%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
vision benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 40%
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