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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
383,480 0.8 % $25.50 $53,030 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.06 $17.90 $22.98 $30.55 $40.46
Annual Wage (2) $31,320 $37,230 $47,810 $63,540 $84,160


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 92,990 13.55 $25.37 $52,760
Utility System Construction 54,970 10.35 $27.34 $56,870
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 51,070 0.93 $21.74 $45,210
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 46,700 13.61 $28.45 $59,180
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 16,560 0.76 $20.29 $42,200

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 46,700 13.61 $28.45 $59,180
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 92,990 13.55 $25.37 $52,760
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 12,830 12.95 $21.88 $45,520
Coal Mining 6,070 11.96 $25.75 $53,570
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 13,160 11.17 $28.25 $58,750

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 50 0.01 $37.73 $78,480
Natural Gas Distribution 1,370 1.25 $32.18 $66,940
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 2,090 0.53 $31.88 $66,320
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4242 and 4246 only) (8) (8) $29.87 $62,130
Building Equipment Contractors 6,450 0.30 $29.38 $61,100


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 42,880 3.54 1.34 $20.06 $41,730
California 28,110 1.65 0.62 $35.16 $73,130
Pennsylvania 21,110 3.61 1.36 $25.63 $53,320
Florida 18,720 2.17 0.82 $19.31 $40,160
Ohio 15,500 2.86 1.08 $27.21 $56,600




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 4,240 15.76 5.95 $28.02 $58,270
West Virginia 6,690 9.60 3.62 $21.77 $45,280
Alaska 2,870 9.11 3.44 $34.01 $70,750
North Dakota 2,980 7.15 2.70 $26.65 $55,440
Montana 3,170 6.84 2.58 $24.80 $51,580




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 13,160 1.40 0.53 $39.39 $81,930
Hawaii 1,940 3.02 1.14 $37.72 $78,470
Illinois 11,150 1.86 0.70 $37.06 $77,090
New Jersey 5,340 1.32 0.50 $36.13 $75,150
California 28,110 1.65 0.62 $35.16 $73,130





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)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 10,780 1.13 0.43 $43.47 $90,430
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 10,470 3.51 1.32 $21.52 $44,760
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 8,550 2.40 0.90 $19.90 $41,390
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 7,680 1.65 0.62 $40.41 $84,050
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 5,990 0.98 0.37 $38.89 $80,900
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 5,620 2.09 0.79 $19.07 $39,670
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 5,480 2.80 1.06 $32.14 $66,850
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 5,110 1.85 0.70 $32.59 $67,790
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 5,100 1.79 0.68 $33.98 $70,680
Pittsburgh, PA 4,930 4.31 1.63 $24.93 $51,860