Salary for Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators

Also known as:  Asphalt Paver, Asphalt Paving Machine Operator, Asphalt Roller Operator, Asphalt Tamping Machine Operator, Blacktop-Paver Operator, Paver Operator, Road Grader, Screed Operator

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Paving, surfacing and Tamping Equipment operators control all of the paving and surfacing equipment on construction sites. The work is very physically demanding and strenuous as the tools can cause injury and workers usually do their job outside in often adverse weather conditions. There are also a good number of paving, surfacing and tamping equipment operators who have irregular working hours. To become a paving, surfacing or tamping equipment operator, one must complete his or her high school diploma or GED. Employers will often train new hires on the job, but some choose to learn their trade at a vocational school or attend another formal apprenticeship program.

A Paving, Surfacing, or Tamping Equipment Operator can earn wages ranging between 24000 to 36000 based on tenure and industry expertise. Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators can get a salary of Thirty Eight Thousand Five Hundred dollars on a yearly basis.

Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators can receive the highest pay in Hawaii, which has pay of just about $62830. These professionals can receive the best pay in Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services, where they get compensation, on average, of $49330.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 15.14 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators tend to make the most in the following industries
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction $49,330
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $44,050
Construction $38,500
Transportation and Warehousing $38,430
Manufacturing $37,760
Public Administration $36,890
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Wholesale Trade $27,080
Other Services (except Public Administration) $30,230
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $31,920
Public Administration $36,890
Manufacturing $37,760
Transportation and Warehousing $38,430
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