Information About Operating Engineers And Other Construction Equipment Operators

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Training

Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators need moderate-term on-the-job training.

Degrees for Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators
Training for Operating Engineers And Other Construction Equipment Operators
Percent
Less than High School 25.1
High School 51.3
Some College 16.8
Associates Degree 4.1
Bachelors Degree 2.3
Masters Degree 0.3
Doctorate or Professional Degree 0.1

Employment

Represents about 404,000 people in the United States- 3.4% of which are self-employed

Employment prospects are up Over the next 5 years there will be aproximately 48,000 more operating engineers and other construction equipment operators but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 118,000 more.


Hourly Income

On average, operating engineers and other construction equipment operators make $21.98 per hour.

Hourly Income Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators $12.80 $15.60 $19.90 $26.90 $34.70
Construction and extraction occupations $11.00 $14.20 $19.10 $26.90 $35.30
National Average $8.65 $10.70 $16.50 $26.60 $41.00

Annual Salaries

On average, operating engineers and other construction equipment operators make $45,720 per year.

Annual Salary Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators $26,730 $32,550 $41,510 $56,040 $72,350
Construction and extraction occupations $23,050 $29,720 $39,820 $56,130 $73,530
National Average $18,000 $22,380 $34,460 $55,470 $85,280

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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