Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
51,880 2.8 % $21.06 $43,800 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.57 $15.18 $18.74 $24.57 $33.79
Annual Wage (2) $26,150 $31,560 $38,970 $51,100 $70,270


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 17,940 5.47 $22.19 $46,160
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 15,630 2.44 $20.09 $41,780
Local Government (OES Designation) 10,620 0.20 $19.68 $40,930
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,420 1.27 $23.90 $49,720
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 1,240 0.15 $23.91 $49,740

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 17,940 5.47 $22.19 $46,160
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 15,630 2.44 $20.09 $41,780
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,420 1.27 $23.90 $49,720
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 590 0.53 $21.03 $43,740
Utility System Construction 1,110 0.23 $23.46 $48,810

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Land Subdivision 60 0.14 $29.51 $61,380
Building Equipment Contractors (8) (8) $26.56 $55,250
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores (8) (8) $25.12 $52,240
Rail Transportation 70 0.03 $24.07 $50,060
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 1,240 0.15 $23.91 $49,740


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 5,010 0.43 1.15 $17.86 $37,150
California 4,400 0.28 0.75 $28.10 $58,450
Florida 2,860 0.35 0.94 $16.00 $33,280
Colorado 2,240 0.89 2.42 $19.92 $41,440
Tennessee 2,220 0.77 2.07 $16.87 $35,100




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)
North Dakota 430 1.02 2.76 $23.24 $48,340
Arkansas 1,080 0.91 2.46 $17.15 $35,670
Colorado 2,240 0.89 2.42 $19.92 $41,440
Mississippi 910 0.81 2.20 $15.73 $32,730
Tennessee 2,220 0.77 2.07 $16.87 $35,100




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 880 0.69 1.88 $33.61 $69,900
New York 2,030 0.22 0.60 $32.94 $68,510
Massachusetts 670 0.19 0.53 $30.25 $62,920
Hawaii 110 0.17 0.47 $29.24 $60,830
Oregon 510 0.28 0.77 $28.72 $59,730





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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,480 0.22 0.61 $34.50 $71,760
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 1,290 0.91 2.47 $19.65 $40,860
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,160 0.60 1.62 $18.38 $38,220
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 850 0.29 0.78 $18.64 $38,770
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 820 0.19 0.52 $26.57 $55,270
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 770 0.31 0.84 $20.18 $41,970
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 720 0.38 1.03 $26.75 $55,630
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 700 1.12 3.04 $16.54 $34,390
Austin-Round Rock, TX 680 0.71 1.91 $17.47 $36,340
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 680 0.58 1.58 $26.84 $55,830




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)
San Angelo, TX 110 2.29 6.20 $17.63 $36,680
Johnson City, TN 160 2.07 5.60 $15.76 $32,790
Decatur, AL 80 1.54 4.17 $15.45 $32,140
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 180 1.48 4.02 $18.45 $38,370
Lawrence, KS 70 1.47 3.98 $22.59 $46,980
Staunton-Waynesboro, VA 70 1.42 3.84 $17.70 $36,820
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 150 1.35 3.66 $27.08 $56,330
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 120 1.28 3.47 $23.75 $49,400
Roanoke, VA 200 1.28 3.47 $15.59 $32,420
Hattiesburg, MS 80 1.28 3.46 $14.61 $30,380