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Occupational Employment Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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)
405,750 0.8 % $26.06 $54,210 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.53 $18.44 $23.55 $30.95 $41.17
Annual Wage (2) $32,300 $38,350 $48,980 $64,370 $85,640


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 98,720 13.92 $25.85 $53,780
Utility System Construction 59,540 10.43 $28.17 $58,600
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 53,990 0.97 $22.29 $46,370
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 49,990 14.21 $29.39 $61,130
Nonresidential Building Construction 17,280 2.07 $29.67 $61,710

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 49,990 14.21 $29.39 $61,130
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 98,720 13.92 $25.85 $53,780
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 13,890 13.74 $22.36 $46,520
Coal Mining 6,640 13.08 $25.21 $52,430
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 13,810 11.24 $28.89 $60,100

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 40 0.01 $41.04 $85,370
Natural Gas Distribution 1,460 1.34 $33.02 $68,680
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4242 and 4246 only) (8) (8) $32.95 $68,530
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 480 0.13 $32.01 $66,570
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,900 0.49 $30.43 $63,300


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 46,290 3.72 1.35 $21.07 $43,820
California 28,450 1.64 0.59 $36.27 $75,440
Florida 21,050 2.39 0.87 $20.28 $42,190
Pennsylvania 20,860 3.53 1.28 $26.77 $55,680
Ohio 15,440 2.83 1.03 $26.99 $56,140




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 4,060 14.85 5.37 $28.16 $58,570
West Virginia 8,820 12.56 4.55 $23.66 $49,210
Alaska 3,000 9.45 3.42 $33.50 $69,670
North Dakota 3,650 8.64 3.13 $26.53 $55,190
Montana 3,190 6.81 2.47 $25.75 $53,550




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 13,960 1.47 0.53 $40.31 $83,840
Illinois 10,780 1.79 0.65 $38.14 $79,330
Hawaii 1,650 2.60 0.94 $37.74 $78,500
New Jersey 5,130 1.25 0.45 $37.56 $78,120
California 28,450 1.64 0.59 $36.27 $75,440





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 13,640 4.47 1.62 $22.89 $47,610
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 11,270 1.17 0.42 $44.54 $92,640
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 8,410 2.30 0.83 $20.32 $42,270
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 8,040 1.72 0.62 $41.44 $86,190
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 6,610 2.41 0.87 $19.43 $40,420
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 5,760 2.92 1.06 $34.70 $72,170
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 5,730 0.92 0.33 $39.30 $81,740
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 5,570 2.62 0.95 $22.77 $47,360
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 5,400 1.93 0.70 $34.42 $71,580
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 5,230 1.64 0.60 $24.56 $51,080