Construction equipment operators

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Total Workforce
354k
Average Age
43.4
Average Salary
$51,154
Average Male Salary
$51,334
Average Female Salary
$42,525

About

Construction equipment operators are most often employed by the Construction industry. The average yearly wage for Construction equipment operators was $51,154 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Construction equipment operators by wage are Avionics technicians, Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators, and Graphic designers.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Construction equipment operators are Rural Nevada PUMA, NV, Panhandle & Northwest Oklahoma PUMA, OK, and Greene, Daviess, Owen, Orange & Martin Counties PUMA, IN. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Construction equipment operators are Panhandle & Northwest Oklahoma PUMA, OK, Rural Nevada PUMA, NV, and Concho Valley COG & Permian Basin Regional Planning Commission (East) PUMA, TX.

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 Lessors of real estate, and offices of real estate agents and brokers. Construction equipment operators are paid most in Herkimer (North & Central) & Oneida (Outer) Counties PUMA, NY but are relatively concentrated in Panhandle & Northwest Oklahoma PUMA, OK.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$51,154
AVERAGE SALARY
± $1,205

In 2018, Construction equipment operators earned an average of $51,154, $2,735 less than than the average national salary of $53,888.

Avionics technicians make somewhat more than Construction equipment operators while Graphic designers 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

0.281
WAGE GINI

In 2018, Construction equipment operators had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.281, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. 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

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Construction equipment operators

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

Most Common

The most common industries employing Construction equipment operators, by number of employees, are Construction, Nonmetallic mineral mining & quarrying, and Waste management & remediation services.

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Industries by Share

354k
2018 Workforce
± 14,594

This graphic shows the share of Construction equipment operators employed by various industries. Construction employs the largest share of Construction equipment operators at  76.8%, followed by Nonmetallic mineral mining & quarrying with 2.8% and Waste management & remediation services with 2.7%.

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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 43.4 and of female Construction equipment operators is 41.1, and the most common race/ethnicity for Construction equipment operators is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

347k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 14,444
7.24k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 2,089

98% 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)

70.4% of Construction equipment operators are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 13.4% 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

43.4
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.55
41.1
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 3.73

The median age of Construction equipment operators is 43.4, and Male employees are generally 2.33 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 Engineering 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 degree-majorss. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree-majors obtained.
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