Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
340,950 1.1 % $22.63 $47,080 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.26 $16.06 $20.45 $27.66 $35.52
Annual Wage (2) $27,580 $33,410 $42,540 $57,530 $73,890


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 78,050 14.10 $22.12 $46,000
Local Government (OES Designation) 49,560 0.90 $20.01 $41,630
Utility System Construction 44,880 10.04 $24.14 $50,210
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 41,410 13.85 $25.37 $52,760
Nonresidential Building Construction 14,010 2.11 $24.50 $50,960

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 78,050 14.10 $22.12 $46,000
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 41,410 13.85 $25.37 $52,760
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 13,330 13.10 $24.12 $50,180
Coal Mining 9,950 12.43 $22.23 $46,240
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 9,530 10.57 $20.59 $42,820

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 $30.47 $63,370
Support Activities for Road Transportation 170 0.20 $28.89 $60,080
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 130 (7) $28.53 $59,330
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 2,040 0.53 $28.19 $58,630
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 400 0.20 $27.91 $58,050


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 36,850 3.38 1.31 $18.28 $38,030
California 21,910 1.49 0.58 $31.66 $65,850
Pennsylvania 21,140 3.76 1.46 $22.70 $47,220
New York 13,400 1.55 0.60 $33.95 $70,610
Ohio 13,190 2.57 1.00 $23.71 $49,320




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 5,850 20.99 8.16 $23.66 $49,210
Alaska 3,450 10.70 4.16 $30.36 $63,150
North Dakota 4,060 9.61 3.74 $23.41 $48,690
West Virginia 6,200 8.74 3.40 $22.01 $45,780
Montana 3,510 7.98 3.10 $22.04 $45,840




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 1,450 2.40 0.94 $34.60 $71,960
New York 13,400 1.55 0.60 $33.95 $70,610
Illinois 9,590 1.68 0.65 $32.60 $67,810
California 21,910 1.49 0.58 $31.66 $65,850
Alaska 3,450 10.70 4.16 $30.36 $63,150





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 9,770 3.54 1.38 $20.82 $43,310
Pittsburgh, PA 4,860 4.30 1.67 $22.50 $46,810
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 4,510 2.10 0.82 $17.64 $36,690
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 4,470 1.21 0.47 $36.43 $75,780
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,410 0.84 0.33 $45.70 $95,050
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 4,090 2.29 0.89 $27.57 $57,350
Salt Lake City, UT 4,010 6.22 2.42 $23.40 $48,670
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 3,730 2.03 0.79 $28.16 $58,560
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 3,680 1.60 0.62 $17.28 $35,950
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,630 1.53 0.60 $22.38 $46,550