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Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators (47-2073)

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).
Employment and Job Openings
EmploymentAverage Annual Openings
2018 Estimate2028 ProjectionPercent ChangeLabor Force ExitsOccupation TransfersTotal
Alaska 2788 2951 5.85 97 233 346
United States 402400 441000 0.0 14300 34300 52500
Job Outlook for Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with very high employment opportunities.
2020 Wages
Mean WageWage by Percentile
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
United States 26.58 15.85 18.82 23.93 31.56 41.93
Alaska 32.96 23.99 27.33 31.54 37.66 44.13
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 36.70 24.58 29.40 35.27 41.53 50.14
Fairbanks North Star Borough 32.89 26.60 29.35 32.74 36.84 39.11
Balance of State 30.06 22.18 26.45 29.47 33.52 39.31

* indicates the estimate is not available, or the hourly wage is greater than $100, or the annual wage is greater than $208,000.