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

The average annual and hourly salaries for paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators in the state of Texas are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators amongst Texas 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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$26,250
25th Percentile Wage
$30,940
50th Percentile Wage
$36,170
75th Percentile Wage
$42,360
90th Percentile Wage
$50,230

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators in Texas in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $50,230. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $36,170. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $26,250.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$12.62
25th Percentile Wage
$14.88
50th Percentile Wage
$17.39
75th Percentile Wage
$20.37
90th Percentile Wage
$24.15

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators in Texas in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $24.15. The median hourly salary is $17.39. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $12.62.

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
201636,1704.64%19.66%
201534,4905.42%-
201432,6209.17%-
201329,6301.92%-
201229,060--

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators in some Texas cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators in state of Texas ranges from $24,180 to $41,800. The highest paying area for paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators in Texas is Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $41,800. The second highest paying city/area in Texas State is Beaumont-Port Arthur (mean annual salary $38,930). The lowest paying area is Brownsville-Harlingen with a median annual salary of $24,180.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area
$41,800
Beaumont-Port Arthur
$38,930
Fort Worth-Arlington
$37,820
Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood
$37,610
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown
$37,310
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington
$37,260
Dallas-Plano-Irving
$36,990
Odessa
$36,610
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos
$35,840
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area
$35,740
Corpus Christi
$35,200
North Central Texas nonmetropolitan area
$35,170
Victoria
$34,800
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area
$34,440
Lubbock
$34,390
Southern Texas nonmetropolitan area
$34,080
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area
$33,380
San Antonio-New Braunfels
$33,060
Amarillo
$31,870
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission
$31,230
Sherman-Denison
$29,630
El Paso
$29,500
Waco
$28,210
Texarkana-Texarkana
$27,890
Tyler
$25,620
Brownsville-Harlingen
$24,180


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