|Quick Facts: Construction Equipment Operators|
$48,290 per year
$23.22 per hour
|High school diploma or equivalent|
|Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|5% (Slower than average)|
Construction equipment operators drive, maneuver, or control the heavy machinery used to construct roads, buildings, and other structures.
Construction equipment operators may work even in unpleasant weather. Most operators work full time, and some have irregular work schedules that include nights.
Many workers learn how to operate construction equipment on the job after earning a high school diploma or equivalent; others learn through an apprenticeship or by attending vocational schools.
The median annual wage for construction equipment operators was $48,290 in May 2021.
Overall employment of construction equipment operators is projected to grow 5 percent from 2020 to 2030, slower than the average for all occupations.
Despite limited employment growth, about 51,500 openings for construction equipment operators are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Most of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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