Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
355,140 0.8 % $23.61 $49,110 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.93 $16.80 $21.44 $28.73 $37.25
Annual Wage (2) $28,980 $34,950 $44,600 $59,760 $77,490


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 87,340 14.11 $23.37 $48,620
Local Government (OES Designation) 48,500 0.91 $20.64 $42,930
Utility System Construction 47,660 9.89 $24.96 $51,910
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 43,840 13.84 $26.36 $54,840
Nonresidential Building Construction 15,810 2.18 $25.31 $52,650

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 87,340 14.11 $23.37 $48,620
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 43,840 13.84 $26.36 $54,840
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 13,510 12.32 $24.78 $51,530
Coal Mining 8,220 11.83 $25.70 $53,450
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 10,470 11.32 $21.17 $44,030

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 100 (7) $32.79 $68,200
Building Finishing Contractors 240 0.03 $31.60 $65,720
Other Pipeline Transportation 30 0.40 $30.05 $62,500
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,740 0.44 $29.78 $61,940
Natural Gas Distribution 1,680 1.49 $28.89 $60,090


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 37,170 3.21 1.25 $19.01 $39,540
California 24,980 1.61 0.63 $31.70 $65,930
Pennsylvania 20,090 3.52 1.37 $22.98 $47,800
Ohio 15,160 2.87 1.11 $25.34 $52,710
Florida 14,160 1.79 0.69 $17.46 $36,320



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 4,910 17.29 6.71 $26.47 $55,060
Alaska 3,690 11.28 4.38 $32.34 $67,260
North Dakota 4,690 10.48 4.07 $26.37 $54,850
West Virginia 6,160 8.71 3.38 $23.24 $48,340
Montana 3,110 6.95 2.70 $22.66 $47,140



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 12,750 1.42 0.55 $34.91 $72,610
Illinois 10,470 1.79 0.69 $34.40 $71,540
Hawaii 1,670 2.69 1.04 $34.10 $70,920
Alaska 3,690 11.28 4.38 $32.34 $67,260
New Jersey 5,100 1.31 0.51 $32.09 $66,740




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-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 10,180 3.47 1.35 $20.57 $42,790
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 5,730 0.88 0.34 $40.12 $83,450
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 5,280 2.27 0.88 $19.00 $39,510
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 5,080 2.70 1.05 $31.18 $64,850
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 4,720 1.90 0.74 $18.00 $37,430
Pittsburgh, PA 4,660 4.12 1.60 $22.96 $47,760
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 4,400 1.82 0.71 $21.86 $45,470
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 4,380 1.23 0.48 $37.20 $77,370
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 4,290 2.29 0.89 $21.24 $44,170
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 3,800 2.76 1.07 $22.24 $46,260