Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators


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. Exclude 'Crane and Tower Operators' (53-7021) and equipment operators who work in extraction or other non-construction industries.


Top Industries of Employment

  1. Heavy Construction, Except Highway
  2. Misc. Special Trade Contractors
  3. Highway And Street Construction
  4. Plumbing, Heating, Air-Conditioning

2002 - 2003 Wages
by MSA and Workforce Investment Areas

Area Employment**
Total
Hourly Wage Annual
Mean Entry Experienced Mean Entry Experienced
Missouri 8,870 18.80 11.66 22.37 39,100 24,250 46,530
Joplin MSA 180 15.95 11.62 18.12 33,180 24,170 37,680
Columbia MSA 400 17.79 12.55 20.41 37,010 26,110 42,450
St Joseph MSA 130 19.50 12.78 22.87 40,570 26,580 47,560
Springfield MSA 250 17.08 12.61 19.31 35,520 26,220 40,170
St Louis MSA 3,590 21.65 14.03 25.45 45,020 29,190 52,940
Kansas City* 2,070 19.20 12.90 22.34 39,926 26,839 46,470
Central Region* 1,090 16.69 10.64 19.71 34,705 22,136 40,990
Northeast Region* 630 17.66 10.77 21.11 36,742 22,399 43,913
Ozark Region* 410 15.81 11.46 17.99 32,894 23,840 37,420
South Central Region* 110 14.19 9.03 16.78 29,522 18,776 34,896
Southeast Region* 610 18.64 13.10 21.41 38,763 27,239 44,526
Southwest Region* 240 15.56 11.01 17.83 32,360 22,898 37,090
St. Charles* 420 21.80 15.63 24.89 45,342 32,504 51,762
St. Louis County* 1,670 22.17 14.24 26.13 46,111 29,621 54,355
West Central Region* 310 15.57 10.25 18.23 32,384 21,316 37,917
Jefferson/Franklin Consortium* 320 21.02 15.21 23.93 43,730 31,639 49,776

Long-term Employment Projections

Area Employment ** Change 2000-2010 Annual
Avg Openings
Long-term
Outlook
2000 Estimated 2010 Projected Number Percent
Missouri 8,630 9,680 1,050 12.17 293 Outstanding
Kansas City MSA 3,340 3,710 370 11.08 109 Outstanding
St Louis MSA 3,600 4,000 400 11.11 119 Outstanding
Central Region* 920 1,050 130 14.13 33 Great
Northeast Region* 590 670 80 13.56 20 Outstanding
Northwest Region* 410 420 10 2.44 9 Great
Ozark Region* 600 700 100 16.67 23 Outstanding
Southeast Region* 600 620 20 3.33 15 Great
Southwest Region* 360 390 30 8.33 11 Great
West Central Region* 380 390 10 2.63 9 Good

* - Workforce Investment Areas
** - Why are the employment levels different for the same occupation?



This Occupation generally requires Moderate-term on-the-job training (1-12 months)