Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2003

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.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
60,210 3.0 % $15.69 $32,630 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.39 $11.09 $14.12 $18.76 $25.67
Annual Wage (2) $19,540 $23,060 $29,360 $39,020 $53,400

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Highway, street, and bridge construction 19,150 $16.47 $34,260
Other specialty trade contractors 17,010 $15.87 $33,010
Local government (OES designation) 15,220 $14.97 $31,140
Building foundation and exterior contractors 2,140 $13.23 $27,520
Utility system construction 1,870 $16.81 $34,970

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Machinery and equipment rental and leasing (7) $17.62 $36,660
Building equipment contractors 130 $17.19 $35,760
Utility system construction 1,870 $16.81 $34,970
Highway, street, and bridge construction 19,150 $16.47 $34,260
Other heavy construction 610 $16.05 $33,390

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
Arkansas 1,650 $12.12 $25,220 0.147%
Wyoming 260 $16.13 $33,550 0.108%
Mississippi 1,140 $10.69 $22,230 0.105%
Nevada 880 $21.81 $45,350 0.081%
Oklahoma 1,140 $11.91 $24,780 0.080%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Hawaii 160 $26.02 $54,120 0.029%
Illinois 3,490 $23.08 $48,010 0.061%
Nevada 880 $21.81 $45,350 0.081%
California 4,190 $21.28 $44,260 0.029%
New York 1,680 $21.19 $44,080 0.020%

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
Yakima, WA MSA 320 $15.44 $32,110 0.417%
Cheyenne, WY MSA 120 $16.04 $33,370 0.323%
Grand Junction, CO MSA 120 $16.42 $34,150 0.226%
Jackson, TN MSA 110 $11.45 $23,820 0.194%
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA PMSA 160 $22.85 $47,520 0.177%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Ventura, CA PMSA (7) $27.18 $56,520 (7)
Terre Haute, IN MSA 40 $26.86 $55,860 0.063%
Honolulu, HI MSA (7) $26.10 $54,290 (7)
Oakland, CA PMSA 130 $25.65 $53,350 0.013%
Nassau-Suffolk, NY PMSA 90 $25.18 $52,370 0.008%

About November 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include 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.

(7) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: April 19, 2005

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