Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

47-2073 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators

Operate one or several types of power construction equipment, such as motor graders, bulldozers, scrapers, compressors, pumps, derricks, shovels, tractors, or front-end loaders to excavate, move, and grade earth, erect structures, or pour concrete or other hard surface pavement. May repair and maintain equipment in addition to other duties. Excludes "Crane and Tower Operators" (53-7021) and "Extraction Workers" (47-5000).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
334,730 0.8 % $21.55 $44,830 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.72 $15.27 $19.42 $26.39 $34.28
Annual Wage (2) $26,460 $31,760 $40,400 $54,890 $71,310


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 78,900 14.70 $21.56 $44,840
Local Government (OES Designation) 54,010 0.97 $19.15 $39,820
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 44,000 14.46 $23.81 $49,520
Utility System Construction 39,820 10.32 $23.01 $47,850
State Government (OES Designation) 14,550 0.63 $16.67 $34,680

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 78,900 14.70 $21.56 $44,840
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 44,000 14.46 $23.81 $49,520
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 12,540 12.77 $22.94 $47,710
Coal Mining 8,660 10.90 $22.83 $47,490
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 9,700 10.70 $18.91 $39,320

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals (8) (8) $33.82 $70,350
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (8) (8) $29.70 $61,770
Lessors of Real Estate 260 0.05 $28.02 $58,280
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 2,120 0.54 $27.06 $56,290
Other Pipeline Transportation 30 0.46 $25.75 $53,560


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 32,960 3.27 1.24 $16.86 $35,060
California 21,610 1.54 0.59 $30.76 $63,990
Pennsylvania 20,340 3.71 1.41 $21.03 $43,740
New York 13,920 1.67 0.63 $30.36 $63,140
Florida 13,570 1.91 0.73 $17.24 $35,860




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 4,430 16.40 6.23 $22.88 $47,590
West Virginia 7,360 10.69 4.06 $18.74 $38,970
Alaska 2,280 7.41 2.81 $30.33 $63,080
North Dakota 2,210 6.21 2.36 $23.10 $48,040
Montana 2,530 5.97 2.27 $20.05 $41,700




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 1,560 2.73 1.04 $31.06 $64,610
California 21,610 1.54 0.59 $30.76 $63,990
New York 13,920 1.67 0.63 $30.36 $63,140
Alaska 2,280 7.41 2.81 $30.33 $63,080
New Jersey 4,850 1.29 0.49 $29.61 $61,590

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 10,510 4.21 1.60 $18.14 $37,730
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 5,720 1.61 0.61 $32.05 $66,660
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 5,430 2.47 0.94 $16.65 $34,620
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 5,140 1.03 0.39 $39.79 $82,760
Pittsburgh, PA 5,130 4.70 1.78 $22.12 $46,010
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 4,460 2.65 1.01 $22.52 $46,840
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 4,190 1.83 0.70 $22.47 $46,740
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,470 0.91 0.35 $33.51 $69,700
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 3,440 2.05 0.78 $29.03 $60,380
Baltimore-Towson, MD 3,320 2.68 1.02 $20.41 $42,450




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Charleston, WV 2,150 15.18 5.76 $20.45 $42,540
Farmington, NM 600 12.53 4.76 $21.98 $45,710
Morgantown, WV 530 9.10 3.46 $18.25 $37,960
Provo-Orem, UT 1,350 8.03 3.05 $18.22 $37,890
State College, PA 530 7.91 3.00 $17.62 $36,660
Wheeling, WV-OH 490 7.87 2.99 $16.93 $35,220
Fairbanks, AK 280 7.87 2.99 $30.24 $62,900
Mankato-North Mankato, MN 420 7.45 2.83 $22.53 $46,860
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 650 7.21 2.74 $19.16 $39,850
Odessa, TX 370 6.45 2.45 $20.78 $43,220