Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
53,110 3.0 % $20.68 $43,020 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.28 $14.88 $18.40 $24.42 $33.10
Annual Wage (2) $25,540 $30,940 $38,270 $50,790 $68,860


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 19,300 6.09 $21.53 $44,790
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 14,650 2.37 $20.28 $42,180
Local Government (OES Designation) 11,590 0.22 $18.96 $39,440
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 1,660 0.21 $23.22 $48,290
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,450 1.31 $24.33 $50,600

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 19,300 6.09 $21.53 $44,790
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 14,650 2.37 $20.28 $42,180
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,450 1.31 $24.33 $50,600
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 630 0.57 $20.67 $42,990
Local Government (OES Designation) 11,590 0.22 $18.96 $39,440

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Land Subdivision (8) (8) $26.29 $54,680
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,450 1.31 $24.33 $50,600
Support Activities for Mining 190 0.05 $24.16 $50,240
Rail Transportation 80 0.04 $24.11 $50,140
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 1,660 0.21 $23.22 $48,290


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 5,580 0.48 1.25 $16.90 $35,160
California 4,650 0.30 0.78 $27.07 $56,310
Florida 2,570 0.32 0.84 $15.30 $31,830
Pennsylvania 2,320 0.41 1.06 $22.17 $46,120
Tennessee 2,280 0.81 2.11 $16.23 $33,770



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 1,210 1.03 2.67 $16.41 $34,130
North Dakota 460 1.02 2.65 $23.35 $48,580
Colorado 2,170 0.88 2.29 $19.32 $40,190
Tennessee 2,280 0.81 2.11 $16.23 $33,770
Oklahoma 1,270 0.80 2.07 $17.45 $36,300



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 70 0.21 0.54 $32.55 $67,710
Illinois 1,400 0.24 0.62 $31.89 $66,320
New York 2,190 0.24 0.63 $30.94 $64,350
Nevada 900 0.73 1.89 $30.84 $64,150
New Jersey 1,390 0.36 0.92 $27.14 $56,440




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 1,430 0.22 0.57 $32.65 $67,920
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,400 0.48 1.24 $17.30 $35,990
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 1,300 0.96 2.49 $24.39 $50,730
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 1,270 0.92 2.40 $19.08 $39,680
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,000 0.53 1.38 $24.50 $50,960
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 860 0.24 0.62 $33.82 $70,340
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 790 0.70 1.83 $16.76 $34,860
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 760 0.41 1.06 $16.93 $35,210
Austin-Round Rock, TX 740 0.80 2.07 $16.28 $33,870
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 640 0.27 0.71 $17.54 $36,490



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)
Gadsden, AL 100 2.68 6.96 $10.88 $22,630
Johnson City, TN 200 2.59 6.73 $15.44 $32,110
Decatur, AL 110 2.15 5.57 $13.75 $28,590
Casper, WY 80 1.93 5.01 $19.43 $40,410
San Angelo, TX 90 1.85 4.80 $16.61 $34,550
Watertown-Fort Drum, NY 60 1.44 3.74 $13.52 $28,130
Pine Bluff, AR 40 1.40 3.63 $15.24 $31,690
Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL 90 1.38 3.59 $17.45 $36,290
Pueblo, CO 80 1.32 3.43 $17.53 $36,460
Grand Island, NE 60 1.32 3.44 $17.93 $37,280