Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

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. Include concrete and asphalt paving machine operators, form tampers, tamping machine operators, and stone spreader operators.

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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)
58,760 2.6 % $15.62 $32,490 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.07 $10.73 $13.87 $19.12 $25.99
Annual Wage (2) $18,870 $22,330 $28,860 $39,760 $54,060

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Highway, street, and bridge construction 20,030 $16.57 $34,470 1 6
Other specialty trade contractors 15,190 $16.28 $33,860 2 7
Local government (OES designation) 12,820 $13.80 $28,700 3 19
Building foundation and exterior contractors 2,440 $15.85 $32,960 4 9
Utility system construction 1,630 $15.11 $31,440 5 15

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Lessors of real estate (6) $21.01 $43,690 (6) 1
Lumber and const. supply merchant wholesalers 40 $20.37 $42,360 19 2
Management and technical consulting services (6) $20.11 $41,830 (6) 3
Building equipment contractors 130 $18.54 $38,560 16 4
Nonmetallic mineral mining and quarrying 180 $17.93 $37,300 15 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Arkansas 1,870 $11.64 $24,200 0.167% 393
Alaska 410 $20.40 $42,440 0.143% 207
Wyoming 280 $15.95 $33,180 0.117% 209
Mississippi 1,030 $10.27 $21,350 0.095% 478
West Virginia 630 $15.01 $31,220 0.092% 289

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Illinois 2,580 $24.11 $50,140 0.045% 165
Nevada 570 $23.97 $49,870 0.054% 129
California 4,290 $22.28 $46,330 0.030% 265
Hawaii 230 $21.74 $45,210 0.042% 179
New Jersey 1,310 $21.48 $44,670 0.034% 278

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Danville, VA MSA 110 $11.50 $23,910 0.250%
Fort Smith, AR-OK MSA 180 $12.51 $26,030 0.184%
Little Rock-North Little Rock, AR MSA 500 $12.07 $25,100 0.166%
Naples, FL MSA 170 $9.24 $19,220 0.153%
San Antonio, TX 1,000 $11.08 $23,040 0.143%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Ventura, CA PMSA (6) $28.84 $59,990 (6)
Yolo, CA PMSA 30 $26.73 $55,600 0.034%
Atlantic-Cape May, NJ PMSA 70 $24.96 $51,920 0.038%
Springfield, IL MSA 40 $24.77 $51,520 0.036%
Chicago, IL PMSA 1,970 $24.56 $51,090 0.050%

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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) Data for detailed occupations does not sum to the totals because the totals include data for 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 mean 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.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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