How much does a heavy equipment operator make a year?

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How much does a heavy equipment operator make a year?

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The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) 2019 report shows that construction equipment operators had a median pay of $48,160 per year or $23.16 per hour. According to the U.S. BLS report the lowest 10% of construction equipment operators earned less than $31,780 per year and the top 10% earn more than $84,650 per year. The U.S. BLS report shows that the median annual wage for pile driver operators in 2019 was $62,600 per year, for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators the median annual wage was $48,980 per year, and for paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators the median annual wage was $40,130 per year. In 2019 the U.S. BLS report shows that the top paying industries for construction equipment operators were construction of buildings with a median annual wage of $54,180 per year, heavy and civil engineering construction with a median annual wage of $52,280 per year, specialty trade construction with a median annual wage of $48,070 per year, mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction with a median annual wage of $46,950 per year, and local government, excluding education and hospitals with a median annual wage of $43,080 per year.

For more information on a career as a heavy equipment operator, check out this article:Heavy Equipment Operator: How Do I Become a Heavy Equipment Operator?

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