Construction equipment operators

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
359k
Average Age
43.6
Average Salary
$53,455
Average Male Salary
$53,668
Average Female Salary
$45,240

About

Construction equipment operators are most often employed by the Construction industry. The average yearly wage for Construction equipment operators was $53,455 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Construction equipment operators by wage are Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators, Electrical & electronics repairers, transportation equipment, & industrial & utility, and Surveying & mapping technicians.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Construction equipment operators are Rural Nevada PUMA, NV, Alamo Area COG (Southwest) PUMA, TX, and Minot City PUMA, ND. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Construction equipment operators are Panhandle & Northwest Oklahoma PUMA, OK, Alamo Area COG (Southwest) PUMA, TX, and Highlands (South & East), Okeechobee, Hendry & Glades Counties PUMA, FL.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Construction equipment operators and on wages and locations for those in the field. Construction is the industry that employs the most Construction equipment operators, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Construction equipment operators, by average wage, is Oil & gas extraction. Construction equipment operators are paid most in Jackson City (East & Central) PUMA, MS but are relatively concentrated in Panhandle & Northwest Oklahoma PUMA, OK.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$53,455
AVERAGE SALARY
± $1,428

In 2020, Construction equipment operators earned an average of $53,455, $2,499 less than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Electrical & electronics repairers, transportation equipment, & industrial & utility make somewhat more than Construction equipment operators while Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Construction equipment operators as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.296
WAGE GINI

In 2019, Construction equipment operators had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.296, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Construction equipment operators (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Construction equipment operators.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Construction equipment operators.

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Industries

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Construction equipment operators, by average wage, are Oil & gas extraction, Petroleum refining, and Pharmaceutical & medicine manufacturing.

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Industries by Share

359k
2020 Workforce
± 14,694
1.83%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 5.71%

The number of people employed as Construction equipment operators has been growing at a rate of 1.83%, from 352,626 people in 2019 to 359,074 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Construction equipment operators employed by various industries. Construction employs the largest share of Construction equipment operators at  78.1%, followed by Waste management & remediation services with 2.49% and Nonmetallic mineral mining & quarrying with 2.3%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Construction equipment operators in the US. The average age of male Construction equipment operators in the workforce is 43.6 and of female Construction equipment operators is 43.6, and the most common race/ethnicity for Construction equipment operators is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

350k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 14,508
9.07k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 2,337

97.5% of Construction equipment operators are Male, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Construction equipment operators.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Construction equipment operators
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. White (Hispanic)
  3. Black (Non-Hispanic)

70.8% of Construction equipment operators are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 11.3% of Construction equipment operators, White (Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Construction equipment operators.

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Age by Sex

43.6
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.553
43.6
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 3.45

The median age of Construction equipment operators is 43.6, and Male employees are generally 0.0384 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Construction equipment operators from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Construction equipment operators is Business but a relatively high number of Construction equipment operators hold a major in Construction.

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