Construction equipment operators

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2019 Workforce
388k
Average Age
43
Average Salary
$53,747
Average Male Salary
$53,746
Average Female Salary
$53,776

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 Big Sandy Area Development District PUMA, KY but are relatively concentrated in Alamo Area COG (Southwest) PUMA, TX.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$53,747
AVERAGE SALARY
± $1,431

In 2019, Construction equipment operators earned an average of $53,747, $1,777 less than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Acupuncturists 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

0.304
WAGE GINI

In 2019, Construction equipment operators had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.304, 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

Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Construction equipment operators, by average wage, are Oil & gas extraction, Labor unions, and Electric power generation, transmission & distribution.

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Industries by Share

388k
2019 Workforce
± 15,267
9.45%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 5.21%

The number of people employed as Construction equipment operators has been growing at a rate of 9.45%, from 354,180 people in 2018 to 387,655 people in 2019.

This graphic shows the share of Construction equipment operators employed by various industries. Construction employs the largest share of Construction equipment operators at  77.7%, followed by Waste management & remediation services with 2.28% and Nonmetallic mineral mining & quarrying with 1.72%.

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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 and of female Construction equipment operators is 43, and the most common race/ethnicity for Construction equipment operators is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

379k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 15,095
8.69k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 2,289

97.8% of Construction equipment operators are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender 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)

71.4% of Construction equipment operators are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 13% 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 Gender

43
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.538
43
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 3.65

The median age of Construction equipment operators is 43, and Male employees are generally 0.0452 years older 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 Agriculture.

Majors

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degrees. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree obtained.
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