Operating Engineer or Other Construction Equipment Operator Salary
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.
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.Read More...
Each year, operating engineers must attend 144 hours of classroom training to keep up with current requires and protocols. Many begin in lower-level positions and work their way up through companies which also offer engineering positions. Their daily routines consist of operating heavy machinery, working on highways, oil rigs, and more. Depending on the particular position and state, some employers require a commercial driving license or operating license, and according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, operation engineering has a 19% projected job increase for 2022.
Working outdoors and in occasional inclement weather and long clothing is necessary for this position. Most days consist of eight-hour shifts, but some weeks may require over 80 hours depending on the season and location of the job. These engineers can expect a great deal of travel and varying work conditions, and crucial parts of this position include the knowledge to work with dangerous objects and tools and the ability to work well on teams.
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.
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.