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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$26,150
25th Percentile Wage
$31,560
50th Percentile Wage
$38,970
75th Percentile Wage
$51,100
90th Percentile Wage
$70,270

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 $70,270. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $38,970. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $26,150. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 168% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

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
201638,9701.80%8.03%
201538,270-1.02%-
201438,6602.28%-
201337,7805.13%-
201235,840--

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

The average salaries of paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators in 8 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 $30,160).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$64,390
Transportation and Warehousing
$48,810
Manufacturing
$39,930
Construction
$39,320
Mining
$38,980
Federal, State, and Local Government
$37,990
Wholesale Trade
$32,660
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$30,160

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 $19,780 to $79,160. The highest paying state for paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators is Alaska with a median annual salary of $79,160. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $19,780. 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
$79,160
Nevada
$69,500
New York
$65,570
Oregon
$61,120
Massachusetts
$58,200
California
$55,490
District of Columbia
$54,650
Illinois
$53,480
Hawaii
$52,040
New Jersey
$51,740
Minnesota
$49,820
North Dakota
$49,450
Washington
$49,240
Connecticut
$46,490
Utah
$45,750
Michigan
$45,560
Wisconsin
$45,050
Ohio
$44,820
Montana
$44,640
Indiana
$44,600
Delaware
$44,320
Idaho
$43,380
Wyoming
$43,090
Colorado
$40,200
Pennsylvania
$39,680
New Hampshire
$39,040
Louisiana
$38,770
Kansas
$38,480
Rhode Island
$37,840
New Mexico
$37,820
Missouri
$36,750
Maine
$36,600
Arizona
$36,480
Texas
$36,170
Kentucky
$36,050
Iowa
$35,890
Maryland
$35,190
Oklahoma
$34,870
Vermont
$34,760
Tennessee
$34,700
Arkansas
$33,150
Virginia
$32,730
South Dakota
$32,570
West Virginia
$32,570
Alabama
$32,360
North Carolina
$32,220
South Carolina
$31,410
Florida
$31,400
Mississippi
$31,230
Georgia
$30,900
Nebraska
$29,700
Puerto Rico
$19,780


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