Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

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. Exclude "Crane and Tower Operators" (53-7021) and equipment operators who work in extraction or other non-construction industries.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
368,200 0.9 % $21.24 $44,180 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.60 $15.01 $19.12 $25.81 $33.67
Annual Wage (2) $26,210 $31,220 $39,770 $53,690 $70,040


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 Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 90,180 $21.36 $44,430
Local Government (OES Designation) 57,120 $18.76 $39,010
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 47,030 $23.29 $48,450
Utility System Construction 45,010 $22.62 $47,040
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 15,450 $22.11 $45,990

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals (8) $35.04 $72,880
Lessors of Real Estate 240 $27.81 $57,840
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (8) $26.75 $55,640
Building Finishing Contractors 410 $25.16 $52,330
Oil and Gas Extraction 650 $25.09 $52,180


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Wyoming 4,740 $20.71 $43,070 16.773
West Virginia 7,750 $19.39 $40,330 11.006
Alaska 2,770 $29.13 $60,600 9.004
North Dakota 2,350 $22.11 $45,990 6.658
Montana 2,710 $20.00 $41,610 6.268

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Hawaii 1,790 $31.93 $66,410 3.042
Illinois 11,240 $31.21 $64,910 1.971
California 24,730 $30.51 $63,450 1.702
New York 14,370 $30.03 $62,460 1.694
Alaska 2,770 $29.13 $60,600 9.004


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Charleston, WV 2,410 $22.11 $45,980 16.461
Farmington, NM 730 $21.67 $45,070 14.403
Prescott, AZ 550 $21.05 $43,790 9.526
Fairbanks, AK 290 $31.11 $64,710 8.255
State College, PA 530 $17.84 $37,100 7.922

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Kankakee-Bradley, IL 80 $40.07 $83,350 1.819
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,880 $39.68 $82,530 0.963
Decatur, IL 50 $38.50 $80,090 0.835
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 230 $36.12 $75,140 1.617
Honolulu, HI 910 $35.20 $73,210 2.122


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010

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