Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for equipment operators in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 606,553 equipment operators currently employed in the United States.
  • 7.0% of all equipment operators are women, while 93.0% are men.
  • The average age of an employed equipment operator is 45 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of equipment operators is White (66.6%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (18.9%), Black or African American (7.4%) and Unknown (4.3%).
  • Equipment operators are most in-demand in North Mankato, MN.
  • The energy industry is the highest-paying for equipment operators.
  • 2% of all equipment operators are LGBT.

Equipment Operator Statistics By Gender

7.0% of equipment operators are women and 93.0% of equipment operators are men.

  • Male, 93.0%
  • Female, 7.0%

Equipment Operators By Gender

GenderPercentages
Male93.0%
Female7.0%

Gender Pay Gap For Equipment Operator

Women Earn 94¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men

male-income
Male Income
$32,154
female-income
Female Income
$30,370

Equipment Operator Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the equipment operator position over time.

Male
Female
100%
80%
60%
40%
20%
0%
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021

Equipment Operator Gender By Year

YearMaleFemale
201093.99%6.01%
201195.52%4.48%
201294.35%5.65%
201394.70%5.30%
201494.35%5.65%
201593.29%6.71%
201691.15%8.85%
201792.36%7.64%
201894.08%5.92%
201993.25%6.75%
202093.00%7.00%
202192.96%7.04%

Equipment Operator Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, water softener installer and insulation worker have the biggest difference in gender.

Job TitleMaleFemale
Composition Floor Setter34%66%
Equipment Operator93%7%
Gas Fitter97%3%
Insulation Worker97%2%
Water Softener Installer97%3%

Equipment Operator Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among equipment operators is White, which makes up 66.6% of all equipment operators. Comparatively, there are 18.9% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 7.4% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

  • White, 66.6%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 18.9%
  • Black or African American, 7.4%
  • Unknown, 4.3%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 1.9%
  • Asian, 0.9%

Equipment Operator Race

Equipment Operator RacePercentages
White66.6%
Hispanic or Latino18.9%
Black or African American7.4%
Unknown4.3%
American Indian and Alaska Native1.9%
Asian0.9%

Equipment Operator Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2010-2019 among equipment operators.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Equipment Operator Race By Year

YearWhiteBlack or African AmericanAsianHispanic or Latino
201073.86%6.87%0.70%15.94%
201172.80%7.30%0.52%15.95%
201272.98%7.00%0.80%16.05%
201373.44%6.64%0.90%15.38%
201472.24%6.58%0.72%16.74%
201572.03%6.53%0.78%16.93%
201672.96%6.55%0.52%16.68%
201771.61%6.06%1.08%17.36%
201871.15%7.29%0.64%17.53%
201972.19%6.29%0.55%17.88%
202070.17%6.56%0.77%16.70%
202166.57%7.39%0.93%18.91%

Equipment Operator Wage Gap By Race

Unknown equipment operators have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american equipment operators have the lowest average salary at $30,896.
$34,000
$33,000
$32,000
$31,000
$30,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
EthnicitySalary
Unknown$33,242
White$32,361
Black or African American$30,896
Asian$32,705
Hispanic or Latino$31,622

Average Age of an Equipment Operator

We determined the average age of equipment operators based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

Equipment Operator Age By Race

RaceMale AgeFemale Age
Black or African American49.5
Unknown45
Asian46.5
Hispanic or Latino4445.5
White4742
American Indian and Alaska Native53

Equipment Operator Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of equipment operator employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of equipment operators is 40+ years old, which represents 64% of the population.

40+ years

30-40 years

20-30 years


Equipment Operator Age

Equipment Operator YearsPercentages
40+ years64%
30-40 years21%
20-30 years14%

Types of Equipment Operator Degree Levels

The most common degree for equipment operators is high school diploma 46% of equipment operators earn that degree. A close second is associate degree with 19% and rounding it off is bachelor's degree with 18%.

  • High School Diploma, 46%
  • Associate, 19%
  • Bachelors, 18%
  • Diploma, 10%
  • Other Degrees, 7%

Equipment Operators By Education

Equipment Operator DegreePercentages
High School Diploma46%
Associate19%
Bachelors18%
Diploma10%
Other Degrees7%

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Equipment Operator Wage Gap By Education

Equipment operators with a Associate degree earn more than those without, at $32,699 annually. With a Bachelors degree, equipment operators earn a median annual income of $32,095 compared to $32,001 for equipment operators with an High School Diploma degree.
$34,000
$33,000
$32,000
High School Diploma or Less
Bachelor's Degree
Some College/ Associate Degree
EducationSalary
High School Diploma or Less$32,001
Bachelor's Degree$32,095
Some College/ Associate Degree$32,699

Equipment Operator Employment Statistics

This section highlights information about where equipment operators work. We found most equipment operators work for a private company. In addition, the industry that employs the most equipment operators is the government industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire equipment operators.

< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Equipment Operator Jobs By Employer Size

Company SizePercentages
< 50 employees4%
50 - 100 employees11%
100 - 500 employees16%
500 - 1,000 employees7%
1,000 - 10,000 employees33%
> 10,000 employees29%

The Types Of Companies Equipment Operator Work In

Employees with the equipment operator job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most equipment operators prefer to work at private companies over public companies.

Education

Public

Private

Government

Equipment Operator Jobs By Sector

Company TypePercentages
Education1%
Public33%
Private49%
Government16%

Top Industries Hiring Equipment Operators

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ equipment operators. Those industries include government, construction and manufacturing.

Fortune 500

Government

Construction

Manufacturing

Energy

Equipment Operator Turnover And Employment Statistics

Equipment Operator Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of equipment operators changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Equipment Operator Unemployment Rate By Year

YearEquipment Operator Unemployment Rate
201016.28%
201114.22%
201212.70%
201311.88%
20148.77%
20157.31%
20166.72%
20176.69%
20186.46%
20195.55%
20208.40%
20217.84%

The Average Number of Years That Equipment Operator Stay in a Job

By looking over 55,062 equipment operators resumes, we figured out that the average equipment operator enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 31%.

Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Equipment Operator Tenure

Number or YearsPercentages
Less than 1 year25%
1-2 years31%
3-4 years15%
5-7 years15%
8-10 years5%
11+ years9%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Equipment Operators with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to equipment operators.

Job TitleLGBTJob Openings
Monument Mason1.40%214
Drywall Metal Stud Worker1.75%22,024
Equipment Operator2.22%-
Air Hammer Operator2.24%27,025
Sign Installer2.76%17,563
Floor Refinisher3.39%16,290
Sheet Metal Technician4.07%8,416

Equipment Operator LGBT Demographics

ProfessionPercentages of LGBT Job Openings
Monument Mason1.40%214
Drywall Metal Stud Worker1.75%22,024
Air Hammer Operator2.24%27,025
Sign Installer2.76%17,563
Floor Refinisher3.39%16,290
Sheet Metal Technician4.07%8,416

Foreign Languages Spoken By Equipment Operators

The most common foreign language among equipment operators is Spanish at 73.8%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is Carrier at 3.9% and French is the third-most popular at 3.7%.

  • Spanish, 73.8%
  • Carrier, 3.9%
  • French, 3.7%
  • German, 3.4%
  • Dakota, 2.6%
  • Other, 12.6%

Equipment Operator Languages Spoken

Foreign LanguagePercentages
Spanish73.8%
Carrier3.9%
French3.7%
German3.4%
Dakota2.6%
Other12.6%

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Equipment Operator Heatmaps

The amount you can make as an equipment operator can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of equipment operators is $43,160. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Equipment Operators Earn The Most?

Equipment operators earn the most in Connecticut, where the average equipment operator salary is $45,629. The map here shows where equipment operators earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Equipment Operators In High Demand?

Equipment operators are in high demand in North Mankato, MN. There are currently 30 job openings for equipment operators here. We looked over job openings to determine where in the country equipment operators are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings

Equipment Operator Demographics FAQs

What Percentage Of Equipment Operators Are Female?

8.6% of equipment operators are female in the United States. This is 1.0 percentage points higher than last year. Additionally, the percentage of female equipment operators has increased by 0.9 percentage points since 2010. That means there are a total of 49,334 female equipment operators in the U.S. and 524,328 male equipment operators in the United States. Note that Zippia's estimate accounts only for the 573,662 people with the specific job title of equipment operator and doesn't include grouping similar job titles, or people with potentially similar credentialing.

How Many Equipment Operator Are There In The Us?

There are over 606,553 Equipment Operators in the United States.

What Percentage Of Equipment Operators Are Black?

7.4% of Equipment Operators are Black or African American

What Race Are Most Equipment Operators?

Most an are White, with 66.6% of Equipment Operators belonging to this ethnicity. 18.9% of Equipment Operators are Hispanic or Latino, 7.4% of Equipment Operators are Black or African American, 4.3% of Equipment Operators are Unknown, 1.9% of Equipment Operators are American Indian and Alaska Native, and 0.9% of Equipment Operators are Asian

Are Equipment Operator Jobs Male - Dominated?

Yes, Equipment Operator jobs are male - dominated. 93% of Equipment Operators are male, and 7% are female, so there are more male Equipment Operators than female Equipment Operators in the United States.

How Old Is The Average Equipment Operator?

The average Equipment Operator is 45 years old. 64% of Equipment Operators are 40+ years old or older, 21% are between the ages of 30-40 years, and 14% are between 20-30 years old

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