Occupational Employment Statistics


47-2073 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. Excludes “Crane and Tower Operators" (53-7021) and “Extraction Workers” (47-5000).

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 1,20078$24.92/hr$17.63/hr$20.43/hr$23.98/hr$29.46/hr$33.99/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and Mining640$30.63/hr
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/A$34.19/hr
Professional and Business Services170$26.01/hr
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
Leisure and HospitalityN/AN/A
Other ServicesN/A$20.08/hr
Public Administration930$24.91/hr
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 150$24.55/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 180$28.85/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 210$34.56/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 330$27.32/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 420$29.16/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 480$25.20/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 500$31.24/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 530$29.90/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 670$32.77/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 790$25.87/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 790$30.64/hr-6.7%
Northeast Minnesota 820$32.76/hr2.7%
Southwest Minnesota 960$27.53/hr6.6%
Northwest Balance of State 1,080$24.06/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 1,200$23.98/hr5.6%
Central Minnesota 1,760$30.94/hr23.3%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 4,090$34.39/hr10.6%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 5,480$33.78/hrN/A
Minnesota 10,010$31.67/hr8.9%

  • Keep records of material or equipment usage or problems encountered.
  • Check fuel supplies at sites to ensure adequate availability.
  • Monitor operations to ensure that health and safety standards are met.
  • Learn and follow safety regulations.
  • Start engines, move throttles, switches, or levers, or depress pedals to operate machines, such as bulldozers, trench excavators, road graders, or backhoes.
  • Learn and follow safety regulations.
  • Adjust handwheels and depress pedals to control attachments, such as blades, buckets, scrapers, or swing booms.
  • Load and move dirt, rocks, equipment, or other materials, using trucks, crawler tractors, power cranes, shovels, graders, or related equipment.
  • Take actions to avoid potential hazards or obstructions, such as utility lines, other equipment, other workers, or falling objects.
  • Coordinate machine actions with other activities, positioning or moving loads in response to hand or audio signals from crew members.