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 amongst 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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$35,580
25th Percentile Wage
$44,240
50th Percentile Wage
$55,570
75th Percentile Wage
$75,050
90th Percentile Wage
$94,220

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 $94,220. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $55,570. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $35,580.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$55,570
0.14% 6.10%
2016
$55,490
1.46% -
2015
$54,680
8.65% -
2014
$49,950
0.38% -
2013
$49,760
-4.86% -
2012
$52,180
- -

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 $30,610 to $85,590. The highest paying area for paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators in California is Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario with a median annual salary of $85,590. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City (mean annual salary $78,090). The lowest paying area is Chico with a median annual salary of $30,610.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$85,590
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$78,090
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$70,070
Redding
$68,950
Stockton
$68,770
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$61,660
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$59,860
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$57,700
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$54,110
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$53,930
Modesto
$53,920
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$53,370
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$52,920
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$52,480
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$51,280
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$51,260
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$51,010
Bakersfield-Delano
$50,010
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$49,950
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$49,950
Salinas
$49,940
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$48,010
Fresno
$47,820
Napa
$47,630
Eastern Sierra Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$47,410
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$47,160
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$45,670
Visalia-Porterville
$44,630
Chico
$30,610




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