Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
46,760 3.1 % $21.32 $44,360 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.11 $15.66 $19.13 $24.67 $33.99
Annual Wage (2) $27,260 $32,570 $39,780 $51,320 $70,710


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 16,170 4.71 $21.75 $45,240
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 15,640 2.28 $20.41 $42,440
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 7,780 0.14 $21.40 $44,510
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 1,420 0.16 $21.47 $44,660
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,040 0.92 $24.83 $51,640

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 16,170 4.71 $21.75 $45,240
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 15,640 2.28 $20.41 $42,440
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,040 0.92 $24.83 $51,640
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 320 0.27 $23.43 $48,740
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 1,420 0.16 $21.47 $44,660

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 30 0.03 $31.28 $65,060
Building Equipment Contractors (8) (8) $27.93 $58,100
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,040 0.92 $24.83 $51,640
Rail Transportation 70 0.03 $24.24 $50,420
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 320 0.27 $23.43 $48,740


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 4,150 0.34 1.06 $18.64 $38,770
California 2,870 0.17 0.52 $28.06 $58,370
Florida 2,650 0.31 0.95 $16.57 $34,460
Virginia 1,970 0.51 1.59 $16.43 $34,170
Arizona 1,880 0.67 2.08 $19.95 $41,500




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)
Arkansas 1,080 0.89 2.75 $16.31 $33,930
Oklahoma 1,370 0.86 2.65 $17.39 $36,160
North Dakota 290 0.70 2.17 $23.94 $49,800
Mississippi 790 0.70 2.18 $16.06 $33,400
Nebraska 670 0.69 2.13 $17.04 $35,450




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 370 0.11 0.35 $31.98 $66,520
Alaska 60 0.20 0.62 $31.85 $66,250
Oregon 670 0.36 1.10 $30.77 $64,000
Massachusetts 830 0.23 0.72 $28.97 $60,260
Illinois 1,770 0.30 0.92 $28.62 $59,540





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)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,840 0.19 0.60 $29.41 $61,160
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,690 0.82 2.54 $19.89 $41,380
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,530 0.33 1.02 $29.20 $60,730
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,110 0.36 1.10 $18.34 $38,140
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,020 0.29 0.88 $19.70 $40,990
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,000 0.33 1.04 $19.00 $39,530
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 960 0.36 1.11 $18.28 $38,020
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 800 0.13 0.40 $28.75 $59,800
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 780 0.53 1.64 $21.62 $44,960
Kansas City, MO-KS 720 0.67 2.09 $26.22 $54,540




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 260 2.48 7.66 $22.87 $47,560
Lawrence, KS 90 1.89 5.86 $20.72 $43,090
Jackson, TN 100 1.55 4.81 $17.53 $36,470
Hattiesburg, MS 90 1.44 4.46 $14.68 $30,530
Roanoke, VA 210 1.38 4.26 $15.96 $33,210
Fort Collins, CO 190 1.19 3.67 $22.36 $46,510
Johnson City, TN 80 1.07 3.31 $15.92 $33,120
Mobile, AL 180 1.04 3.23 $16.39 $34,080
Wheeling, WV-OH 60 1.02 3.15 $33.54 $69,760
Tuscaloosa, AL 100 1.02 3.17 $17.58 $36,570