Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
54,940 2.5 % $20.41 $42,460 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.11 $14.70 $18.59 $24.05 $31.86
Annual Wage (2) $25,180 $30,570 $38,660 $50,030 $66,260


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 6.31 $21.35 $44,400
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 13,860 2.35 $19.35 $40,250
Local Government (OES Designation) 11,670 0.22 $18.90 $39,310
State Government (OES Designation) 2,770 0.13 $22.05 $45,870
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 2,060 0.27 $23.78 $49,460

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 6.31 $21.35 $44,400
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 13,860 2.35 $19.35 $40,250
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,510 1.37 $21.66 $45,050
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 610 0.59 $18.24 $37,950
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 330 0.36 $24.55 $51,070

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Mining (8) (8) $28.32 $58,900
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 330 0.36 $24.55 $51,070
Rail Transportation 100 0.04 $23.80 $49,500
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 2,060 0.27 $23.78 $49,460
Utility System Construction 1,100 0.24 $22.89 $47,610


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)
California 7,200 0.48 1.17 $24.95 $51,900
Texas 4,180 0.37 0.92 $16.00 $33,270
New York 2,460 0.28 0.69 $27.00 $56,160
Pennsylvania 2,360 0.42 1.02 $22.33 $46,450
Tennessee 1,860 0.68 1.66 $16.00 $33,270



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)
Wyoming 270 0.97 2.39 $20.29 $42,190
Oklahoma 1,420 0.90 2.21 $17.44 $36,280
Montana 370 0.84 2.08 $21.91 $45,570
Kansas 1,130 0.83 2.04 $16.70 $34,730
Mississippi 900 0.82 2.02 $15.34 $31,900



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 750 0.63 1.55 $30.12 $62,660
Illinois 1,400 0.24 0.60 $29.59 $61,540
Hawaii 350 0.57 1.39 $28.44 $59,150
District of Columbia 140 0.20 0.50 $28.17 $58,600
New York 2,460 0.28 0.69 $27.00 $56,160




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)
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 1,490 1.13 2.77 $23.80 $49,500
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,090 0.20 0.50 $30.51 $63,450
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,060 0.44 1.09 $16.46 $34,240
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,060 0.26 0.64 $26.53 $55,190
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 900 0.24 0.59 $31.10 $64,700
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 860 0.30 0.74 $16.37 $34,050
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 830 0.46 1.12 $24.23 $50,390
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 800 0.60 1.48 $19.11 $39,750
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 720 0.75 1.85 $24.90 $51,790
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC 700 0.76 1.88 $16.58 $34,480



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)
Casper, WY 130 2.93 7.20 $20.26 $42,150
Johnson City, TN 190 2.52 6.19 $15.40 $32,030
Redding, CA 140 2.35 5.78 $23.72 $49,330
Manhattan, KS 100 1.91 4.69 $15.07 $31,350
St. Joseph, MO-KS 100 1.90 4.68 $17.49 $36,380
Prescott, AZ 90 1.62 3.98 $20.88 $43,430
Billings, MT 130 1.59 3.91 $21.14 $43,970
St. Cloud, MN 150 1.48 3.64 $20.31 $42,240
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 130 1.47 3.62 $23.17 $48,200
Pueblo, CO 80 1.44 3.55 $17.32 $36,030