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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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 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 Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators
Industry profile for Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators
Geographic profile for Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators

National estimates for Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
44,560 3.6 % $ 22.31 $ 46,400 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 13.96 $ 16.62 $ 19.97 $ 25.88 $ 35.03
Annual Wage (2) $ 29,030 $ 34,580 $ 41,540 $ 53,820 $ 72,860


Industry profile for Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 16,850 2.43 $ 22.11 $ 45,980
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 13,850 3.87 $ 22.51 $ 46,820
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 7,240 0.13 $ 22.75 $ 47,330
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 1,330 0.14 $ 22.15 $ 46,070
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 730 0.67 $ 22.40 $ 46,600

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 13,850 3.87 $ 22.51 $ 46,820
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 16,850 2.43 $ 22.11 $ 45,980
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 730 0.67 $ 22.40 $ 46,600
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 310 0.26 $ 20.56 $ 42,770
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 1,330 0.14 $ 22.15 $ 46,070

Top paying industries for Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rental and leasing services (5322, 5323, and 5324 only) 90 0.03 $ 35.29 $ 73,400
Natural Gas Distribution 30 0.03 $ 33.43 $ 69,530
Rail Transportation 40 0.02 $ 30.08 $ 62,570
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations (8) (8) $ 23.94 $ 49,800
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 7,240 0.13 $ 22.75 $ 47,330


Geographic profile for Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 4,870 0.40 1.26 $ 19.20 $ 39,930
California 2,980 0.18 0.57 $ 29.90 $ 62,200
Florida 2,510 0.30 0.93 $ 18.06 $ 37,560
Virginia 2,260 0.61 1.91 $ 19.97 $ 41,540
Illinois 1,740 0.31 0.96 $ 31.27 $ 65,050




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Arkansas 1,030 0.88 2.73 $ 16.21 $ 33,710
Nebraska 770 0.82 2.55 $ 20.28 $ 42,190
Oklahoma 1,250 0.80 2.50 $ 18.47 $ 38,420
Delaware 320 0.76 2.38 $ 21.30 $ 44,310
Mississippi 680 0.63 1.98 $ 19.77 $ 41,130




Top paying states for Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 1,320 0.15 0.47 $ 33.44 $ 69,560
Illinois 1,740 0.31 0.96 $ 31.27 $ 65,050
Massachusetts 910 0.27 0.85 $ 30.85 $ 64,160
California 2,980 0.18 0.57 $ 29.90 $ 62,200
Oregon 280 0.15 0.48 $ 28.57 $ 59,420





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,870 0.21 0.66 $ 33.94 $ 70,590
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,760 0.40 1.26 $ 30.32 $ 63,070
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,270 0.43 1.33 $ 18.83 $ 39,160
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,040 0.34 1.08 $ 21.52 $ 44,750
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 970 0.27 0.84 $ 20.52 $ 42,680
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 850 0.32 1.01 $ 19.21 $ 39,970
Austin-Round Rock, TX 790 0.74 2.33 $ 19.93 $ 41,460
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 770 0.37 1.14 $ 19.51 $ 40,590
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 730 0.28 0.88 $ 30.28 $ 62,980
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 720 0.39 1.22 $ 27.57 $ 57,340




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Jackson, TN 140 2.14 6.68 $ 16.57 $ 34,460
Odessa, TX 150 2.10 6.56 $ 21.74 $ 45,220
Pine Bluff, AR 40 1.56 4.86 $ 17.05 $ 35,460
Johnson City, TN 120 1.55 4.84 $ 16.91 $ 35,170
Roanoke, VA 220 1.53 4.77 $ 17.81 $ 37,040
Macon, GA 130 1.35 4.20 $ 15.09 $ 31,380
Hattiesburg, MS 70 1.12 3.51 $ 14.29 $ 29,710
Mobile, AL 190 1.12 3.49 $ 15.75 $ 32,760
Billings, MT 90 1.07 3.33 $ 26.68 $ 55,500
Rapid City, SD 70 1.05 3.28 $ 20.80 $ 43,270




Top paying metropolitan areas for Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Worcester, MA-CT (8) (8) (8) $ 38.47 $ 80,010
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 35.27 $ 73,360
Evansville, IN-KY 30 0.21 0.65 $ 34.15 $ 71,030
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,870 0.21 0.66 $ 33.94 $ 70,590
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 33.89 $ 70,490
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 580 0.10 0.31 $ 31.75 $ 66,040
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 310 0.13 0.42 $ 31.28 $ 65,060
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA (8) (8) (8) $ 30.75 $ 63,960
Fresno, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 30.66 $ 63,770
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,760 0.40 1.26 $ 30.32 $ 63,070

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 230 1.56 4.87 $ 16.91 $ 35,180
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 200 1.06 3.32 $ 16.79 $ 34,930
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 160 1.21 3.78 $ 22.96 $ 47,760
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area 160 0.98 3.06 $ 16.91 $ 35,170
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 160 0.50 1.57 $ 21.06 $ 43,800

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 140 1.64 5.13 $ 18.56 $ 38,600
South Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 230 1.56 4.87 $ 16.91 $ 35,180
Southwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 140 1.50 4.68 $ 23.69 $ 49,280
Southwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 90 1.45 4.53 $ 19.49 $ 40,550
East Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 80 1.24 3.87 $ 13.73 $ 28,560

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 90 0.57 1.79 $ 34.58 $ 71,920
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 30 0.33 1.02 $ 34.29 $ 71,330
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 29.07 $ 60,460
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 60 0.38 1.19 $ 26.77 $ 55,690
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 50 0.43 1.33 $ 24.92 $ 51,830


About May 2020 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021