Career Profile

Operating Engineers & Other Construction Equipment Operators

Education High school diploma or equivalent
This is the typical education required for an entry-level position.
Earnings $43,000
This is the typical median salary earned for an entry-level position.

Construction equipment operators drive, maneuver, or control the heavy machinery used to construct roads, buildings and other structures.

General Information

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.

Operating Engineers & Other Construction Equipment Operators

Occupational Outlook

For the Rural Capital Area

253

Job Opportunities

Over the next five years, an average of 253 openings per year are projected for Operating Engineers & Other Construction Equipment Operators.

+13.9%

Employment Change

Employment for Operating Engineers & Other Construction Equipment Operators is forecasted to increase on par with the regional average by 13.9% between 2022 and 2027.

$20.69

Earnings Potential

An average worker in this occupation is paid $20.69/hour. Entry level workers are paid $16.25, while experienced workers are paid $22.92. The median wage is comparable to average regional wages across occupations.

Local Employment Opportunities

There are 1,743 Operating Engineers & Other Construction Equipment Operators in the RCA region. By 2027 this number could reach 1,985.

Top 5 Employing Industries, Locally

The top industries employing Operating Engineers & Other Construction Equipment Operators are Other Specialty Trade Contractors, Utility System Construction, and Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction.

Knowledge Areas

The top most significant knowledge categories for Operating Engineers & Other Construction Equipment Operators include Building and Construction, Mechanical, and Administration and Management.

Educational Attainment Patterns

The most common level of education for Operating Engineers & Other Construction Equipment Operators is HS diploma or less. 10% of people employed in these roles have some form of college degree.

Sources: BLS   JobsEQ®   ONET