Operate one or several types of power construction equipment, such as motor graders, bulldozers, scrapers, compressors, pumps, derricks, shovels, tractors, or front-end loaders to excavate, move, and grade earth, erect structures, or pour concrete or other hard surface pavement. May repair and maintain equipment in addition to other duties.
According to the US Department of Labor, there are 418,000 people employed as operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in the United States. The median annual salary is $48,360. Entry level employees earn approximately $36,150 per year and senior employees earn approximately $85,560 per year.
Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.