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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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:

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)
44,200 3.4 % $ 24.32 $ 50,590 1.3 %

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

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.53 $ 18.09 $ 22.58 $ 28.68 $ 37.41
Annual Wage (2) $ 30,220 $ 37,630 $ 46,960 $ 59,650 $ 77,820


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

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)
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 16,410 4.62 $ 25.05 $ 52,110
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 15,630 2.19 $ 23.40 $ 48,670
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 4,900 0.09 $ 24.68 $ 51,330
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 1,260 0.14 $ 25.99 $ 54,070
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,230 1.19 $ 26.64 $ 55,400

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 16,410 4.62 $ 25.05 $ 52,110
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 15,630 2.19 $ 23.40 $ 48,670
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,230 1.19 $ 26.64 $ 55,400
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 340 0.28 $ 23.02 $ 47,890
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 150 0.16 $ 28.57 $ 59,430

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

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 50 0.03 $ 31.42 $ 65,360
Rail Transportation 50 0.02 $ 31.15 $ 64,790
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 150 0.16 $ 28.57 $ 59,430
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,230 1.19 $ 26.64 $ 55,400
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing (8) (8) $ 26.17 $ 54,430


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

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.



Map of employment of paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators by state, May 2021


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 5,010 0.41 1.31 $ 20.75 $ 43,150
California 3,790 0.23 0.73 $ 33.06 $ 68,760
New York 3,200 0.37 1.18 $ 27.13 $ 56,430
Illinois 2,590 0.46 1.47 $ 28.45 $ 59,180
Florida 2,330 0.27 0.86 $ 19.34 $ 40,230


Map of location quotient of paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators by state, May 2021


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)
Alaska 200 0.68 2.17 $ 29.52 $ 61,400
Oklahoma 1,050 0.67 2.15 $ 19.63 $ 40,830
Maine 370 0.62 1.97 $ 20.79 $ 43,240
Tennessee 1,630 0.54 1.73 $ 19.29 $ 40,130
Virginia 1,810 0.48 1.54 $ 24.18 $ 50,300


Map of annual mean wages of paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators by state, May 2021


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)
Hawaii 250 0.46 1.46 $ 39.84 $ 82,870
Massachusetts 710 0.21 0.67 $ 36.07 $ 75,030
Oregon 280 0.15 0.49 $ 35.98 $ 74,840
California 3,790 0.23 0.73 $ 33.06 $ 68,760
Connecticut 140 0.09 0.28 $ 30.14 $ 62,680



Map of employment of paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators by area, May 2021


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 2,860 0.33 1.05 $ 29.98 $ 62,350
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,060 0.49 1.55 $ 29.08 $ 60,490
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,280 0.44 1.41 $ 21.66 $ 45,060
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,140 0.20 0.63 $ 34.86 $ 72,500
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,090 0.30 0.97 $ 21.88 $ 45,510
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,020 0.35 1.11 $ 25.67 $ 53,400
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 740 0.41 1.30 $ 23.70 $ 49,300
St. Louis, MO-IL 710 0.55 1.76 $ 26.53 $ 55,180
Austin-Round Rock, TX 640 0.59 1.89 $ 21.04 $ 43,760
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 590 0.40 1.29 $ 23.68 $ 49,250


Map of location quotient of paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators by area, May 2021


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)
San Angelo, TX 70 1.55 4.93 $ 18.83 $ 39,160
Greeley, CO 130 1.32 4.22 $ 23.43 $ 48,740
Jackson, TN 80 1.26 4.03 $ 19.36 $ 40,260
Mobile, AL 200 1.22 3.88 $ 16.39 $ 34,100
Billings, MT 100 1.15 3.67 $ 26.29 $ 54,690
Waco, TX 120 1.06 3.39 $ 19.46 $ 40,480
Macon, GA 100 1.05 3.35 $ 15.91 $ 33,090
Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI 60 1.01 3.23 $ 42.07 $ 87,510
Redding, CA 60 0.96 3.07 $ 28.40 $ 59,070
Hattiesburg, MS 60 0.94 3.01 $ 15.64 $ 32,530


Map of annual mean wages of paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators by area, May 2021


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)
Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI 60 1.01 3.23 $ 42.07 $ 87,510
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 100 0.09 0.28 $ 37.59 $ 78,180
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 410 0.18 0.59 $ 36.24 $ 75,380
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 490 0.19 0.60 $ 35.84 $ 74,550
Springfield, MA-CT 110 0.35 1.11 $ 35.58 $ 74,000
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 280 0.29 0.92 $ 34.95 $ 72,700
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,140 0.20 0.63 $ 34.86 $ 72,500
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 70 0.23 0.73 $ 34.49 $ 71,740
Champaign-Urbana, IL 50 0.51 1.64 $ 33.50 $ 69,670
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 370 0.27 0.86 $ 31.84 $ 66,220

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)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 310 0.83 2.66 $ 19.33 $ 40,200
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 150 0.58 1.84 $ 18.21 $ 37,880
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 150 0.47 1.50 $ 24.57 $ 51,100
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 130 0.73 2.33 $ 29.38 $ 61,100
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 130 0.69 2.20 $ 20.10 $ 41,800

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)
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 110 1.06 3.39 $ 18.02 $ 37,480
Northwestern Idaho nonmetropolitan area 70 1.06 3.38 $ 20.99 $ 43,660
North Florida nonmetropolitan area 110 0.91 2.92 $ 19.09 $ 39,710
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 80 0.88 2.81 $ 22.92 $ 47,670
Eastern and Southern Colorado nonmetropolitan area 60 0.87 2.77 $ 20.16 $ 41,920

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)
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 40 0.44 1.41 $ 39.27 $ 81,690
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 90 0.59 1.88 $ 30.66 $ 63,770
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 130 0.73 2.33 $ 29.38 $ 61,100
Alaska nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 28.22 $ 58,700
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.30 0.97 $ 26.60 $ 55,330


About May 2021 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 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022