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 $25.26 per hour nationwide. Some workers in this field — just under a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the larger part and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half. Most Operating Engineer or Other Construction Equipment Operators report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$31,362 - $99,329
(Median)
$31K
$47K
$99K
MEDIAN: $46,750
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$14.41 - $41.35
(Median)
$14
$25
$41
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$31,362 - $99,329  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,257  
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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$33,177 - $101,233  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 16
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.41 - $41.35  
   
Overtime
$17.41 - $62.68  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,257  
   
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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$33,177 - $101,233  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 83
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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.


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $43K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $53K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Operating Engineer or Other Construction Equipment Operators make a median salary of $67K. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Operating Engineer or Other Construction Equipment Operators report making only $57K on average.

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Experience Affects Operating Engineer or Other Construction Equipment Operator Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Late-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$56,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 9 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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