Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operator Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators among California areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$36,610
25th Percentile Wage
$44,310
50th Percentile Wage
$55,490
75th Percentile Wage
$71,960
90th Percentile Wage
$89,980

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $89,980. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $55,490. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $36,610.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$17.60
25th Percentile Wage
$21.30
50th Percentile Wage
$26.68
75th Percentile Wage
$34.60
90th Percentile Wage
$43.26

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $43.26. The median hourly salary is $26.68. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $17.60.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201655,4901.46%5.97%
201554,6808.65%-
201449,9500.38%-
201349,760-4.86%-
201252,180--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators in state of California ranges from $44,610 to $86,570. The highest paying area for paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators in California is Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario with a median annual salary of $86,570. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City (mean annual salary $74,360). The lowest paying area is Visalia-Porterville with a median annual salary of $44,610.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$86,570
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$74,360
Redding
$68,950
Stockton
$68,770
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$62,380
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$60,270
Modesto
$55,780
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$55,210
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$52,480
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$51,260
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$51,010
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$50,300
Bakersfield-Delano
$50,010
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$49,950
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$49,430
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$48,680
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$45,670
Fresno
$44,950
Visalia-Porterville
$44,610



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