Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
54,120 2.4 % $18.99 $39,500 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.40 $13.51 $16.96 $22.43 $31.07
Annual Wage (2) $23,720 $28,100 $35,270 $46,650 $64,610


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 16,360 5.51 $19.97 $41,540
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 15,690 2.94 $18.79 $39,080
Local Government (OES Designation) 14,550 0.26 $18.20 $37,850
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 1,470 0.22 $19.07 $39,670
State Government (OES Designation) 1,330 0.06 $15.00 $31,210

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 16,360 5.51 $19.97 $41,540
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 15,690 2.94 $18.79 $39,080
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 820 0.74 $19.43 $40,410
Local Government (OES Designation) 14,550 0.26 $18.20 $37,850
Utility System Construction 940 0.24 $21.29 $44,290

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises (8) (8) $30.76 $63,980
Support Activities for Mining 70 0.02 $27.94 $58,110
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services (8) (8) $27.12 $56,420
Utility System Construction 940 0.24 $21.29 $44,290
Rail Transportation 160 0.07 $20.77 $43,200


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 5,660 0.55 1.30 $14.22 $29,570
California 4,430 0.32 0.75 $26.51 $55,130
Pennsylvania 2,310 0.42 0.98 $20.42 $42,460
Oklahoma 2,160 1.44 3.42 $14.26 $29,660
Florida 2,030 0.28 0.67 $15.70 $32,650




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)
Oklahoma 2,160 1.44 3.42 $14.26 $29,660
Vermont 260 0.89 2.10 $14.63 $30,430
Kansas 1,150 0.88 2.09 $16.95 $35,260
North Dakota 310 0.82 1.95 $19.05 $39,630
Mississippi 870 0.81 1.93 $13.63 $28,360




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 720 0.65 1.54 $29.09 $60,510
New York 1,720 0.20 0.49 $28.79 $59,870
Hawaii 230 0.41 0.96 $28.59 $59,460
Illinois 1,520 0.27 0.65 $26.75 $55,630
California 4,430 0.32 0.75 $26.51 $55,130





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-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,360 0.27 0.63 $31.99 $66,550
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,190 0.58 1.38 $15.21 $31,630
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,110 0.48 1.14 $19.57 $40,700
Baltimore-Towson, MD 970 0.78 1.85 $19.04 $39,610
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 950 0.77 1.82 $27.23 $56,650
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 880 0.39 0.93 $14.83 $30,840
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 780 0.46 1.08 $18.74 $38,970
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 750 0.21 0.49 $30.47 $63,370
Oklahoma City, OK 730 1.28 3.04 $14.27 $29,690
Kansas City, MO-KS 620 0.65 1.54 $19.07 $39,650




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)
Grand Junction, CO 150 2.65 6.29 $21.47 $44,660
Greeley, CO 160 2.01 4.76 $18.32 $38,100
Montgomery, AL 270 1.70 4.03 $12.84 $26,700
Bowling Green, KY 90 1.52 3.61 $16.22 $33,750
Tulsa, OK 560 1.38 3.28 $14.60 $30,380
Hot Springs, AR 50 1.38 3.28 $11.98 $24,920
Oklahoma City, OK 730 1.28 3.04 $14.27 $29,690
Valdosta, GA 60 1.23 2.91 $15.33 $31,890
Pocatello, ID 40 1.22 2.90 $19.07 $39,660
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 130 1.20 2.83 $14.91 $31,010




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Jefferson City, MO 50 0.70 1.65 $35.53 $73,910
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, MA-NH NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $34.15 $71,040
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,360 0.27 0.63 $31.99 $66,550
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 330 0.35 0.83 $31.21 $64,920
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 750 0.21 0.49 $30.47 $63,370
Spokane, WA (8) (8) (8) $30.45 $63,340
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 140 0.48 1.14 $29.88 $62,140
Honolulu, HI 110 0.27 0.63 $29.77 $61,920
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 160 0.40 0.94 $29.42 $61,190
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 400 0.11 0.25 $29.38 $61,120

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 460 1.21 2.87 $14.11 $29,350
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 370 1.35 3.20 $15.29 $31,800
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 300 1.19 2.83 $13.83 $28,760
Southeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 280 1.75 4.15 $13.61 $28,300
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 220 1.99 4.73 $14.31 $29,770

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 160 2.46 5.83 $14.15 $29,440
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 80 2.35 5.56 $23.30 $48,470
Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 40 2.25 5.33 $15.42 $32,080
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 220 1.99 4.73 $14.31 $29,770
East Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 180 1.79 4.24 $13.07 $27,190

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 70 0.56 1.33 $30.02 $62,440
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.34 0.81 $29.61 $61,590
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 120 0.80 1.90 $27.49 $57,180
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 90 0.64 1.51 $25.59 $53,230
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.33 0.77 $24.11 $50,150


About May 2011 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 27, 2012

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