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Operating Engineers Build California

North/Central California

Average yearly earnings

$43k - $64k

When you work beyond your scheduled 8-hour shift, you’ll receive overtime pay for those hours at a higher rate. Benefits of employment can include health, dental, and vision insurance, a retirement plan, life insurance, paid time off, and educational stipends to learn new skills. These perks can be valued at thousands of dollars annually.
+ overtime & benefits
Bay Area California

Average yearly earnings

$65k - $90k

When you work beyond your scheduled 8-hour shift, you’ll receive overtime pay for those hours at a higher rate. Benefits of employment can include health, dental, and vision insurance, a retirement plan, life insurance, paid time off, and educational stipends to learn new skills. These perks can be valued at thousands of dollars annually.
+ overtime & benefits
Southern California

Average yearly earnings

$54k - $84k

When you work beyond your scheduled 8-hour shift, you’ll receive overtime pay for those hours at a higher rate. Benefits of employment can include health, dental, and vision insurance, a retirement plan, life insurance, paid time off, and educational stipends to learn new skills. These perks can be valued at thousands of dollars annually.
+ overtime & benefits
Build California - Operators

Operating Engineers

Drive and control heavy machinery used to construct roads, bridges, buildings, and other structures.


AVERAGE WAGE

$27/hour +

Apprentice

$45/hour +

Journeyperson


Demand through 2026 : Steady

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

  • Driver’s License Driver’s License
  •  + 3-4 Years On-the-Job Training + 3-4 Years On-the-Job Training
  • + other requirements
+ other requirements

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Operating engineers maneuver, maintain, and repair machinery that moves materials, or excavates and compacts earth.

They work in all environments, including underground and on-water, and sometimes from great heights.

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