Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
356,750 0.8 % $24.31 $50,560 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.29 $17.19 $22.06 $29.56 $38.56
Annual Wage (2) $29,730 $35,760 $45,890 $61,480 $80,200


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 89,790 14.01 $24.15 $50,220
Utility System Construction 48,800 9.95 $25.59 $53,220
Local Government (OES Designation) 48,370 0.90 $21.17 $44,030
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 43,470 13.25 $27.27 $56,710
State Government (OES Designation) 16,960 0.78 $19.39 $40,340

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 89,790 14.01 $24.15 $50,220
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 43,470 13.25 $27.27 $56,710
Coal Mining 7,010 13.11 $26.14 $54,360
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 10,790 11.52 $21.50 $44,720
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 12,450 11.25 $26.07 $54,230

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 100 (7) $33.89 $70,490
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,930 0.50 $31.83 $66,210
Natural Gas Distribution 1,670 1.47 $30.70 $63,860
Building Finishing Contractors 190 0.02 $30.45 $63,330
Rail Transportation 900 0.41 $28.41 $59,100


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 36,560 3.11 1.23 $19.28 $40,090
California 25,590 1.60 0.63 $33.09 $68,820
Pennsylvania 20,220 3.52 1.38 $23.03 $47,900
Florida 15,450 1.88 0.74 $18.29 $38,040
Ohio 15,310 2.87 1.13 $26.03 $54,150




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 4,150 15.02 5.91 $27.23 $56,630
Alaska 3,550 10.96 4.31 $33.49 $69,670
West Virginia 6,360 9.12 3.59 $21.99 $45,730
North Dakota 3,640 8.56 3.37 $27.84 $57,910
Montana 3,130 6.89 2.71 $23.46 $48,810




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Illinois 11,550 1.96 0.77 $36.05 $74,990
New York 11,940 1.31 0.52 $35.22 $73,260
Hawaii 2,230 3.53 1.39 $35.12 $73,050
New Jersey 5,090 1.29 0.51 $33.55 $69,780
Alaska 3,550 10.96 4.31 $33.49 $69,670





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 10,210 3.48 1.37 $20.56 $42,770
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 5,760 3.02 1.19 $31.40 $65,300
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 5,450 1.50 0.59 $39.34 $81,820
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 5,440 0.83 0.32 $41.40 $86,120
Pittsburgh, PA 5,220 4.61 1.81 $22.97 $47,780
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 5,060 1.98 0.78 $18.59 $38,660
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 5,060 2.08 0.82 $19.39 $40,340
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 4,490 1.80 0.71 $22.99 $47,830
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 4,260 2.20 0.87 $22.80 $47,420
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 4,000 2.82 1.11 $24.02 $49,970