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Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operator Salary Information

The salary statistics of paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operator Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$26,730
25th Percentile Wage
$31,960
50th Percentile Wage
$39,120
75th Percentile Wage
$50,460
90th Percentile Wage
$69,620

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators is $69,620. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $39,120. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $26,730. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 160% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

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
$39,120
0.38% 8.38%
2016
$38,970
1.80% -
2015
$38,270
-1.02% -
2014
$38,660
2.28% -
2013
$37,780
5.13% -
2012
$35,840
- -

Table 2. Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operator Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators in 12 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators occupations is the management of companies and enterprises sector with an annual salary $64,390. The lowest paying sector is the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector (annual salary $28,580).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$64,390
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$44,920
Manufacturing
$41,340
Retail Trade
$40,620
Transportation and Warehousing
$40,250
Educational Services
$40,070
Construction
$39,250
Federal, State, and Local Government
$38,950
Mining
$36,990
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$36,250
Wholesale Trade
$32,460
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$28,580

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators by States

From the above tables we note that not only paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $20,080 to $88,200. The highest paying state for paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators is Alaska with a median annual salary of $88,200. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $20,080. For more salary information of paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Alaska
$88,200
Washington
$64,040
Oregon
$61,800
Massachusetts
$58,270
New York
$56,210
California
$55,570
Connecticut
$55,460
Minnesota
$52,130
District of Columbia
$51,530
North Dakota
$50,160
Nevada
$48,520
Ohio
$46,830
New Jersey
$46,450
Illinois
$45,720
Michigan
$45,450
Montana
$45,400
Utah
$44,520
Delaware
$44,510
Wyoming
$43,520
Missouri
$43,400
Wisconsin
$43,240
Pennsylvania
$42,370
Kansas
$42,030
Indiana
$41,490
Colorado
$41,480
South Dakota
$40,110
New Mexico
$40,070
New Hampshire
$39,240
Kentucky
$38,720
Vermont
$38,250
Rhode Island
$37,840
Louisiana
$37,740
Iowa
$37,650
Maryland
$37,050
Arizona
$37,040
Texas
$36,880
West Virginia
$36,810
Hawaii
$36,390
Tennessee
$35,540
Maine
$35,520
Oklahoma
$34,990
North Carolina
$34,400
Georgia
$33,540
Alabama
$32,670
Virginia
$32,540
South Carolina
$32,400
Florida
$31,870
Arkansas
$31,590
Idaho
$31,320
Mississippi
$31,290
Nebraska
$31,170
Puerto Rico
$20,080



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