Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
335,160 1.1 % $22.24 $46,270 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.02 $15.81 $20.13 $27.23 $35.06
Annual Wage (2) $27,080 $32,890 $41,870 $56,650 $72,930


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 78,300 14.44 $21.93 $45,610
Local Government (OES Designation) 49,560 0.91 $19.76 $41,100
Utility System Construction 42,450 10.10 $23.66 $49,210
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 41,800 13.77 $25.11 $52,230
Nonresidential Building Construction 13,430 2.05 $24.58 $51,120

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 78,300 14.44 $21.93 $45,610
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 41,800 13.77 $25.11 $52,230
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 12,350 12.32 $23.21 $48,270
Coal Mining 10,610 12.12 $21.79 $45,320
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 9,510 10.38 $20.38 $42,400

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing (8) (8) $39.10 $81,320
Scientific Research and Development Services 100 0.02 $32.52 $67,640
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 110 (7) $30.87 $64,210
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing 130 0.16 $27.85 $57,930
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 2,210 0.55 $27.14 $56,440


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 33,480 3.16 1.23 $17.45 $36,300
Pennsylvania 22,030 3.94 1.53 $22.17 $46,110
California 21,890 1.53 0.59 $31.31 $65,130
New York 13,460 1.58 0.61 $31.77 $66,080
Ohio 12,830 2.54 0.99 $23.36 $48,590




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 5,550 19.95 7.75 $22.74 $47,300
West Virginia 6,980 9.82 3.82 $21.42 $44,550
Alaska 2,970 9.31 3.62 $29.77 $61,930
Montana 3,310 7.66 2.98 $21.65 $45,020
North Dakota 2,960 7.35 2.86 $23.01 $47,850




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 1,630 2.78 1.08 $32.75 $68,120
New York 13,460 1.58 0.61 $31.77 $66,080
Illinois 9,720 1.72 0.67 $31.48 $65,470
California 21,890 1.53 0.59 $31.31 $65,130
New Jersey 4,520 1.19 0.46 $30.32 $63,060





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-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 9,330 3.53 1.37 $18.94 $39,400
Pittsburgh, PA 5,060 4.49 1.75 $22.59 $46,980
Salt Lake City, UT 4,800 7.73 3.00 $22.47 $46,730
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,630 0.90 0.35 $42.48 $88,360
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 4,220 1.16 0.45 $36.18 $75,260
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 4,040 1.78 0.69 $17.02 $35,390
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 4,000 2.19 0.85 $27.21 $56,600
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 3,780 2.16 0.84 $27.07 $56,310
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 3,670 1.75 0.68 $16.27 $33,840
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,660 1.56 0.61 $23.32 $48,510