Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
49,760 2.8 % $21.10 $43,890 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.85 $15.37 $18.81 $24.26 $33.47
Annual Wage (2) $26,730 $31,960 $39,120 $50,460 $69,620


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 17,380 5.15 $21.63 $44,990
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 15,470 2.35 $20.49 $42,620
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 9,310 0.17 $20.20 $42,010
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 1,560 0.18 $22.68 $47,170
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,150 1.02 $25.85 $53,770

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 17,380 5.15 $21.63 $44,990
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 15,470 2.35 $20.49 $42,620
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,150 1.02 $25.85 $53,770
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 560 0.51 $21.68 $45,090
Utility System Construction 1,010 0.20 $24.50 $50,960

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rental and Leasing Services (5322, 5323, and 5324 only) (8) (8) $29.33 $61,010
Building Equipment Contractors (8) (8) $27.10 $56,360
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,150 1.02 $25.85 $53,770
Utility System Construction 1,010 0.20 $24.50 $50,960
Rail Transportation 70 0.03 $23.50 $48,880


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 5,000 0.42 1.20 $18.24 $37,940
California 3,660 0.22 0.63 $28.62 $59,540
Florida 3,390 0.40 1.15 $15.96 $33,190
New York 2,220 0.24 0.69 $31.54 $65,590
Colorado 2,120 0.83 2.38 $20.30 $42,220




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 1,020 0.85 2.43 $17.09 $35,550
Colorado 2,120 0.83 2.38 $20.30 $42,220
Mississippi 880 0.78 2.25 $15.22 $31,660
Maine 450 0.76 2.16 $17.36 $36,100
Oklahoma 1,130 0.72 2.06 $16.84 $35,030




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska (8) (8) (8) $39.75 $82,670
New York 2,220 0.24 0.69 $31.54 $65,590
Washington 500 0.16 0.45 $30.58 $63,600
Massachusetts 860 0.24 0.70 $30.27 $62,950
Oregon 500 0.28 0.79 $29.19 $60,710



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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)
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,230 0.62 1.78 $18.43 $38,330
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,150 0.17 0.49 $38.88 $80,860
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 990 0.69 1.97 $20.08 $41,770
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 960 0.26 0.75 (8) (8)
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 910 0.36 1.04 $18.84 $39,180
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 900 0.31 0.88 $18.90 $39,310
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 900 0.36 1.02 $17.94 $37,310
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 830 0.65 1.86 $15.16 $31,530
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 750 0.29 0.82 $17.20 $35,770
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 720 0.53 1.51 $19.12 $39,770


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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)
Alexandria, LA 160 2.64 7.57 $16.87 $35,090
San Angelo, TX 70 1.57 4.51 $17.86 $37,160
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 170 1.45 4.15 $18.59 $38,670
Hattiesburg, MS 90 1.40 4.02 $14.62 $30,420
Fort Collins, CO 190 1.25 3.57 $21.31 $44,320
Enid, OK 30 1.24 3.56 $18.10 $37,640
Grand Island, NE 50 1.23 3.53 $19.35 $40,260
Reno, NV 250 1.10 3.15 $22.46 $46,720
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 670 1.08 3.10 $16.70 $34,730
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 250 0.99 2.83 $22.54 $46,880


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Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Lynn-Saugus-Marblehead, MA NECTA Division 40 0.83 2.37 $42.12 $87,610
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 100 0.09 0.25 $38.93 $80,970
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,150 0.17 0.49 $38.88 $80,860
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 60 0.16 0.44 $38.41 $79,890
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 660 0.46 1.33 $35.69 $74,240
South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI (8) (8) (8) $35.30 $73,430
Worcester, MA-CT 50 0.18 0.52 $34.28 $71,310
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 100 0.67 1.92 $34.00 $70,710
Springfield, MA-CT 50 0.14 0.41 $32.51 $67,610
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $32.43 $67,450

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 210 1.36 3.90 $20.14 $41,890
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 200 0.75 2.15 $17.82 $37,060
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 200 1.02 2.93 $20.74 $43,130
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 140 0.55 1.59 $16.77 $34,870
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 130 1.37 3.94 $17.01 $35,390

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

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Florida nonmetropolitan area 60 2.00 5.74 $15.45 $32,140
Southwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 120 1.94 5.56 $17.63 $36,660
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 130 1.37 3.94 $17.01 $35,390
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 210 1.36 3.90 $20.14 $41,890
Northwest Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 50 1.22 3.50 $17.10 $35,570

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central New York nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $40.93 $85,130
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 60 0.37 1.07 $25.51 $53,060
North Nevada nonmetropolitan area 50 1.20 3.44 $24.05 $50,030
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 110 0.96 2.75 $23.42 $48,720
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $23.28 $48,430


About May 2017 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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018