Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
365,300 0.8 % $24.95 $51,890 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.64 $17.55 $22.61 $30.16 $39.56
Annual Wage (2) $30,450 $36,500 $47,040 $62,730 $82,280


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 90,370 13.74 $24.54 $51,030
Utility System Construction 51,540 10.13 $26.82 $55,790
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 49,020 0.90 $21.45 $44,620
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 45,720 13.55 $27.86 $57,950
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 16,690 0.76 $19.82 $41,220

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 90,370 13.74 $24.54 $51,030
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 45,720 13.55 $27.86 $57,950
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 11,670 12.29 $21.73 $45,200
Coal Mining 6,040 12.17 $26.11 $54,310
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 12,110 10.89 $27.15 $56,460

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 60 0.01 $34.94 $72,670
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 100 (7) $34.19 $71,120
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 2,030 0.52 $32.31 $67,200
Natural Gas Distribution 1,520 1.35 $31.32 $65,150
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 140 0.47 $29.19 $60,720


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 38,340 3.22 1.26 $19.73 $41,030
California 26,040 1.56 0.61 $34.12 $70,980
Pennsylvania 20,560 3.56 1.39 $24.20 $50,340
Ohio 15,760 2.93 1.15 $27.24 $56,660
Florida 15,590 1.85 0.72 $18.70 $38,890




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 3,960 14.77 5.76 $27.36 $56,910
Alaska 3,220 10.13 3.95 $33.95 $70,620
West Virginia 6,150 8.93 3.49 $22.15 $46,070
Montana 3,470 7.54 2.94 $24.63 $51,230
North Dakota 3,060 7.34 2.86 $28.52 $59,320




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 12,520 1.36 0.53 $37.30 $77,580
Hawaii 1,990 3.14 1.23 $36.67 $76,280
Illinois 11,400 1.92 0.75 $35.76 $74,380
New Jersey 5,550 1.38 0.54 $34.26 $71,250
California 26,040 1.56 0.61 $34.12 $70,980



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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 10,360 3.54 1.38 $21.26 $44,230
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 5,960 0.89 0.35 $44.50 $92,560
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 5,740 2.19 0.86 $18.56 $38,600
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 5,520 2.85 1.11 $31.41 $65,340
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 5,390 1.47 0.57 $39.25 $81,650
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 5,270 2.11 0.82 $19.82 $41,220
Pittsburgh, PA 4,900 4.33 1.69 $24.06 $50,040
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 4,190 2.90 1.13 $24.81 $51,600
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 4,020 2.03 0.79 $22.94 $47,710
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,780 1.50 0.59 $24.16 $50,260


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Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Farmington, NM 630 12.93 5.04 $27.14 $56,450
Fairbanks, AK 400 11.03 4.30 $35.54 $73,930
Parkersburg-Vienna, WV 380 10.28 4.01 $16.71 $34,760
Odessa, TX 670 9.80 3.82 $23.69 $49,270
Greeley, CO 930 9.54 3.72 $23.89 $49,700
Cumberland, MD-WV 320 8.69 3.39 $19.04 $39,610
Lake Charles, LA 970 8.65 3.37 $26.57 $55,270
Charleston, WV 890 8.03 3.14 $21.50 $44,710
Beckley, WV 320 7.50 2.93 $22.21 $46,200
Johnstown, PA 340 6.87 2.68 $18.59 $38,660