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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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 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)
45,770 3.1 % $21.46 $44,630 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.40 $15.98 $19.29 $24.74 $33.50
Annual Wage (2) $27,870 $33,240 $40,130 $51,460 $69,680


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)
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 16,930 2.39 $20.98 $43,630
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 14,300 4.06 $21.66 $45,050
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 7,450 0.13 $22.23 $46,230
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 1,430 0.15 $20.82 $43,300
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 890 0.79 $24.72 $51,410

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 14,300 4.06 $21.66 $45,050
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 16,930 2.39 $20.98 $43,630
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 890 0.79 $24.72 $51,410
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 330 0.27 $22.97 $47,780
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 1,430 0.15 $20.82 $43,300

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 40 0.04 $32.76 $68,130
Rail Transportation 50 0.02 $27.41 $57,000
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 890 0.79 $24.72 $51,410
Support Activities for Mining 90 0.03 $23.06 $47,970
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 330 0.27 $22.97 $47,780


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 4,660 0.37 1.20 $19.04 $39,610
California 2,870 0.16 0.53 $27.38 $56,950
Florida 2,770 0.32 1.01 $17.16 $35,690
Virginia 2,320 0.60 1.92 $17.69 $36,790
Illinois 1,780 0.30 0.95 $29.75 $61,880




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 0.84 2.70 $15.61 $32,470
Nebraska 760 0.78 2.49 $20.16 $41,940
Oklahoma 1,180 0.73 2.34 $17.87 $37,170
South Dakota 280 0.66 2.12 $21.58 $44,900
Mississippi 730 0.65 2.08 $18.66 $38,820




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Illinois 1,780 0.30 0.95 $29.75 $61,880
New York 1,720 0.18 0.58 $29.18 $60,690
Minnesota 840 0.29 0.93 $28.44 $59,150
California 2,870 0.16 0.53 $27.38 $56,950
New Jersey 1,360 0.33 1.07 $27.02 $56,210





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 2,160 0.22 0.72 $30.87 $64,200
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,870 0.40 1.28 $28.70 $59,690
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,320 0.41 1.33 $18.88 $39,260
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,300 0.36 1.14 $19.94 $41,470
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,160 0.54 1.75 $18.94 $39,400
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 980 0.36 1.15 $18.30 $38,060
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 970 0.32 1.02 $19.01 $39,530
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 710 0.47 1.51 $21.99 $45,740
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 680 0.51 1.63 $15.66 $32,580
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 660 0.23 0.74 $20.99 $43,650




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)
Johnson City, TN 120 1.59 5.10 $16.23 $33,750
Jackson, TN 100 1.51 4.83 $18.34 $38,140
Macon, GA 120 1.26 4.04 $14.93 $31,060
Hattiesburg, MS 80 1.20 3.86 $14.55 $30,250
Greeley, CO 130 1.20 3.84 $24.69 $51,350
Billings, MT 100 1.19 3.82 $25.95 $53,970
Mankato-North Mankato, MN 60 1.17 3.75 $29.76 $61,910
Roanoke, VA 170 1.10 3.51 $16.53 $34,380
Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC 180 1.07 3.44 $15.82 $32,900
Richmond, VA 650 0.99 3.18 $18.43 $38,340