Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
344,510 0.9 % $23.09 $48,020 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.55 $16.40 $20.92 $28.27 $36.27
Annual Wage (2) $28,180 $34,110 $43,510 $58,800 $75,440


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 82,340 13.98 $22.95 $47,750
Local Government (OES Designation) 49,220 0.93 $20.28 $42,180
Utility System Construction 45,990 9.87 $24.36 $50,680
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 41,640 13.62 $25.56 $53,160
Nonresidential Building Construction 14,360 2.08 $24.87 $51,720

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 82,340 13.98 $22.95 $47,750
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 41,640 13.62 $25.56 $53,160
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 13,580 13.00 $24.38 $50,700
Coal Mining 9,060 12.27 $24.21 $50,370
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 10,230 11.08 $20.95 $43,570

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 80 (7) $31.46 $65,440
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,910 0.49 $29.03 $60,380
Building Finishing Contractors 310 0.04 $28.56 $59,410
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 1,740 1.30 $28.43 $59,140
Natural Gas Distribution 1,420 1.29 $28.03 $58,300


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 36,600 3.26 1.28 $18.62 $38,730
California 21,310 1.41 0.55 $31.78 $66,100
Pennsylvania 19,520 3.45 1.35 $22.81 $47,430
Ohio 14,400 2.77 1.09 $24.84 $51,670
Florida 13,120 1.71 0.67 $17.49 $36,370



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 5,120 18.10 7.10 $25.97 $54,010
Alaska 3,750 11.54 4.53 $31.10 $64,680
North Dakota 4,420 10.04 3.94 $24.89 $51,770
West Virginia 6,470 9.15 3.59 $21.86 $45,460
Montana 3,390 7.64 3.00 $22.31 $46,400



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 12,990 1.47 0.58 $34.36 $71,470
Illinois 9,620 1.67 0.65 $33.64 $69,980
Hawaii 1,460 2.38 0.93 $33.09 $68,820
California 21,310 1.41 0.55 $31.78 $66,100
Alaska 3,750 11.54 4.53 $31.10 $64,680




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 9,420 3.31 1.30 $20.65 $42,950
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 4,720 2.11 0.83 $18.25 $37,970
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 4,620 2.53 0.99 $29.97 $62,330
Pittsburgh, PA 4,540 4.02 1.58 $22.65 $47,100
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 4,470 1.88 0.74 $21.83 $45,400
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,330 0.80 0.32 $43.51 $90,500
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 4,310 1.15 0.45 $37.27 $77,510
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 4,230 1.77 0.70 $18.10 $37,660
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 3,820 2.09 0.82 $20.85 $43,360
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 3,460 2.61 1.02 $21.64 $45,010