Operation Engineer Salary

operation-engineer-salary-chart-template.jpgOperating engineers operate heavy equipment and machinery that provide power, climate control, light, and heat. They are trained in a variety of engineering disciplines and safety skills. They work in offices, warehouses, factories, hospitals, power plants, industrial facilities, and other buildings. An operating engineer’s work is actually not within the scope of Professional Engineering.

Salary

An operating engineer makes on average $46,270 a year. The median salary is $41,870. The bottom 10% earns $27,080 while the top 10% earns about $72,930.

The best industries for work are specialty trade contractors (78,300 employed; $45,610 average); local government (49,560; $41,100); and utility system construction (42,450; $49,210). The top paying industry is agriculture, construction, and mining machinery manufacturing: $81,320 annually on average.

The top three paying states are Hawaii ($68,120), New York ($66,080), and Illinois ($65,130).

Job Outlook

The job outlook of operating engineers is expected to grow by 19% between 2012 and 2022.

Operation Engineer Salary by State

State Lowest 10% Median Salary Highest 10% Average Salary
Alabama $24,470 $33,430 $47,520 $34,540
Alaska $45,940 $61,310 $80,550 $61,930
Arizona $29,060 $42,960 $58,670 $43,360
Arkansas $22,570 $31,390 $45,790 $32,810
California $39,270 $66,010 $90,760 $65,130
Colorado $31,410 $42,580 $60,500 $44,300
Connecticut $40,050 $56,760 $74,200 $57,190
Delaware $26,550 $36,660 $56,360 $39,440
Florida $24,930 $34,500 $52,600 $36,800
Georgia $24,170 $31,970 $46,000 $33,600
Hawaii $39,970 $69,520 $94,180 $68,120
Idaho $28,110 $40,810 $57,880 $42,260
Illinois $38,890 $67,270 $91,250 $65,470
Indiana $31,470 $51,630 $79,120 $53,020
Iowa $27,000 $39,910 $58,210 $41,440
Kansas $25,110 $33,120 $57,380 $36,570
Kentucky $26,720 $36,990 $54,800 $38,950
Louisiana $25,570 $35,910 $54,950 $38,150
Maine $26,060 $36,040 $54,080 $37,910
Maryland $31,760 $43,250 $58,930 $44,360
Massachusetts $38,990 $56,760 $89,330 $60,450
Michigan $31,230 $44,760 $67,630 $47,500
Minnesota $32,090 $47,960 $71,400 $50,250
Mississippi $24,550 $32,890 $47,150 $34,730
Missouri $25,970 $48,380 $73,310 $49,180
Montana $30,060 $44,520 $60,290 $45,020
Nebraska $25,190 $35,420 $56,470 $37,960
Nevada $35,000 $52,350 $75,130 $53,520
New Hampshire $32,750 $43,780 $58,500 $44,720
New Jersey $37,720 $60,780 $91,150 $63,060
New Mexico $26,680 $36,620 $56,430 $39,850
New York $34,090 $58,130 $112,300 $66,080
North Carolina $25,050 $33,280 $45,810 $34,250
North Dakota $34,150 $45,520 $67,460 $47,850
Ohio $29,430 $44,430 $72,140 $48,590
Oklahoma $25,580 $35,310 $52,060 $37,270
Oregon $31,230 $48,950 $73,650 $51,000
Pennsylvania $29,050 $42,790 $69,130 $46,110
Rhode Island $30,070 $52,040 $66,640 $50,410
South Carolina $24,780 $33,620 $51,390 $36,430
South Dakota $28,180 $36,120 $47,310 $37,090
Tennessee $25,530 $34,370 $54,170 $36,740
Texas $24,610 $33,840 $53,640 $36,300
Utah $31,340 $44,550 $57,600 $44,170
Vermont $27,850 $35,500 $47,240 $36,830
Virginia $25,740 $36,310 $58,260 $39,360
Washington $35,660 $57,360 $83,220 $58,000
West Virginia $24,000 $40,550 $71,860 $44,550
Wisconsin $33,550 $52,400 $73,000 $53,080
Wyoming $34,740 $45,960 $60,910 $47,300