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

The average annual and hourly salaries for paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators in the state of Iowa are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators amongst Iowa cities 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 Iowa

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$28,270
25th Percentile Wage
$32,340
50th Percentile Wage
$37,650
75th Percentile Wage
$45,770
90th Percentile Wage
$63,270

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators in Iowa in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $63,270. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $37,650. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $28,270.

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
$37,650
4.67% -1.38%
2016
$35,890
-2.87% -
2015
$36,920
-6.42% -
2014
$39,290
3.84% -
2013
$37,780
-1.03% -
2012
$38,170
- -

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators in some Iowa cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators in state of Iowa ranges from $31,720 to $40,980. The highest paying area for paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators in Iowa is Davenport-Moline-Rock Island with a median annual salary of $40,980. The second highest paying city/area in Iowa State is Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area (mean annual salary $39,340). The lowest paying area is Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $31,720.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island
$40,980
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area
$39,340
Des Moines-West Des Moines
$38,140
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area
$37,700
Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area
$35,820
Ames
$34,950
Cedar Rapids
$34,300
Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area
$31,720




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