Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
335,410 1.0 % $21.98 $45,720 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.85 $15.65 $19.96 $26.94 $34.78
Annual Wage (2) $26,730 $32,550 $41,510 $56,040 $72,350


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 76,970 14.41 $21.84 $45,420
Local Government (OES Designation) 53,810 0.97 $19.53 $40,620
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 42,220 14.21 $24.57 $51,110
Utility System Construction 40,060 10.10 $23.32 $48,510
State Government (OES Designation) 14,330 0.63 $17.01 $35,380

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 76,970 14.41 $21.84 $45,420
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 42,220 14.21 $24.57 $51,110
Coal Mining 10,690 12.81 $22.40 $46,600
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 11,990 12.32 $23.61 $49,100
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 9,740 10.84 $19.52 $40,600

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 150 0.02 $32.21 $66,990
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 150 (7) $32.02 $66,590
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 2,120 0.54 $27.77 $57,760
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing 150 0.19 $27.09 $56,350
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 360 0.03 $26.91 $55,970


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 32,480 3.15 1.21 $17.33 $36,050
Pennsylvania 21,700 3.91 1.50 $21.88 $45,510
California 20,890 1.49 0.57 $31.09 $64,660
New York 13,980 1.66 0.63 $31.00 $64,470
Florida 12,820 1.79 0.69 $17.92 $37,280




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 5,600 20.54 7.86 $23.04 $47,930
West Virginia 7,420 10.60 4.05 $19.35 $40,240
Alaska 2,680 8.57 3.28 $29.88 $62,160
Utah 7,630 6.55 2.50 $21.10 $43,880
North Dakota 2,430 6.54 2.50 $23.82 $49,540




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 1,680 2.91 1.11 $33.22 $69,090
California 20,890 1.49 0.57 $31.09 $64,660
New York 13,980 1.66 0.63 $31.00 $64,470
New Jersey 4,590 1.22 0.47 $30.85 $64,180
Alaska 2,680 8.57 3.28 $29.88 $62,160





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 9,860 3.86 1.48 $19.14 $39,810
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 5,080 1.42 0.54 $32.84 $68,320
Pittsburgh, PA 5,070 4.55 1.74 $22.71 $47,240
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 5,040 1.00 0.38 $41.17 $85,630
Salt Lake City, UT 4,460 7.40 2.83 $22.18 $46,130
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 4,200 1.89 0.72 $16.99 $35,340
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 4,100 1.77 0.68 $23.64 $49,170
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 3,580 1.97 0.76 $27.43 $57,050
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 3,580 2.11 0.81 $23.06 $47,970
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 3,410 1.99 0.76 $27.66 $57,530