Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

47-2071 Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators

Operate equipment used for applying concrete, asphalt, or other materials to road beds, parking lots, or airport runways and taxiways, or equipment used for tamping gravel, dirt, or other materials. Includes concrete and asphalt paving machine operators, form tampers, tamping machine operators, and stone spreader operators.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
54,460 2.3 % $19.31 $40,170 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.51 $13.67 $17.23 $22.85 $31.52
Annual Wage (2) $23,940 $28,440 $35,840 $47,520 $65,560


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 18,280 6.02 $20.17 $41,950
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 14,690 2.71 $18.73 $38,950
Local Government (OES Designation) 12,920 0.24 $18.39 $38,240
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 2,000 0.29 $22.52 $46,840
Utility System Construction 1,330 0.32 $21.73 $45,200

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 18,280 6.02 $20.17 $41,950
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 14,690 2.71 $18.73 $38,950
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 1,050 1.05 $18.65 $38,800
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 910 0.82 $20.07 $41,740
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 310 0.34 $24.93 $51,850

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 80 (7) $30.72 $63,890
Building Finishing Contractors (8) (8) $26.81 $55,760
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 310 0.34 $24.93 $51,850
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 2,000 0.29 $22.52 $46,840
Utility System Construction 1,330 0.32 $21.73 $45,200


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 4,500 0.43 1.02 $14.09 $29,320
California 3,920 0.27 0.66 $26.05 $54,190
Pennsylvania 2,830 0.50 1.21 $20.74 $43,140
New York 2,280 0.27 0.64 $27.88 $57,980
Virginia 2,140 0.59 1.42 $16.70 $34,740




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oklahoma 1,830 1.20 2.86 $14.81 $30,810
North Dakota 410 1.03 2.45 $20.49 $42,620
Kansas 1,340 1.01 2.43 $16.85 $35,050
Vermont 260 0.90 2.15 $14.88 $30,950
Mississippi 970 0.90 2.14 $14.41 $29,980




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 190 0.33 0.78 $31.93 $66,420
Nevada 790 0.70 1.67 $29.18 $60,700
New York 2,280 0.27 0.64 $27.88 $57,980
Massachusetts 1,070 0.33 0.80 $27.79 $57,790
Illinois 1,400 0.25 0.59 $26.37 $54,840





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,380 0.59 1.41 $20.47 $42,580
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,180 0.23 0.55 $31.95 $66,450
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,090 0.48 1.16 $15.60 $32,450
Pittsburgh, PA 910 0.81 1.93 $20.25 $42,130
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 890 0.34 0.81 $13.77 $28,640
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 870 0.50 1.19 $20.28 $42,180
Baltimore-Towson, MD 760 0.61 1.45 $19.94 $41,470
Oklahoma City, OK 710 1.22 2.92 $15.01 $31,220
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 700 0.39 0.92 $23.56 $49,000
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 700 0.19 0.46 $29.53 $61,420




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Greeley, CO 250 3.06 7.33 $18.38 $38,240
Manhattan, KS 100 1.99 4.76 $14.60 $30,370
Grand Junction, CO 110 1.87 4.48 $22.58 $46,960
Morristown, TN 70 1.53 3.67 $12.25 $25,480
Florence, SC 120 1.50 3.59 $11.25 $23,390
Casper, WY 60 1.44 3.45 (8) (8)
Pocatello, ID 50 1.40 3.35 $24.05 $50,030
Monroe, LA 100 1.39 3.32 $17.45 $36,290
Bismarck, ND 90 1.38 3.29 $21.74 $45,210
Montgomery, AL 200 1.25 3.00 $13.08 $27,200