Occupational Employment Statistics


DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA

47-2071 Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators



Operate equipment used for applying concrete, asphalt, or other materials to road beds, parking lots, or airport runways and taxiways, or equipment used for tamping gravel, dirt, or other materials. Includes concrete and asphalt paving machine operators, form tampers, tamping machine operators, and stone spreader operators.

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
Northwest Minnesota  425$22.79/hr$16.39/hr$18.58/hr$21.81/hr$24.77/hr$30.52/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Construction710$29.60/hr
ManufacturingN/AN/A
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business ServicesN/AN/A
Public Administration90$26.60/hr
 
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Northeast Minnesota N/A$27.62/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota N/A$21.81/hr-2.7%
Duluth MN-WI MSA N/AN/AN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/A$18.86/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
St Cloud MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northwest Balance of State N/A$21.72/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 60$32.45/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 80$27.19/hr12.0%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 100$28.72/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 100$34.07/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 120$34.00/hr-10.8%
Central Minnesota 260$27.67/hr13.5%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 330$30.07/hr5.3%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 400$30.07/hrN/A
Minnesota 840$28.91/hr5.1%


Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators 300$26.79/hr-13.6%
Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 10,240$33.03/hr8.9%
Helpers--Extraction Workers 50$20.98/hr21.3%
Pile Driver Operators 70$35.00/hrN/A
Crane and Tower Operators 460$26.04/hr12.6%
Highway Maintenance Workers 5,030$25.82/hr6.7%
Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners 690$24.88/hr20.7%
Roustabouts, Oil and Gas N/AN/AN/A
Continuous Mining Machine Operators 50$21.52/hrN/A
Hoist and Winch Operators 110$44.97/hr-1.6%


  • Inspect, clean, maintain, and repair equipment, using mechanics' hand tools, or report malfunctions to supervisors.
  • Operate machines to spread, smooth, level, or steel-reinforce stone, concrete, or asphalt on road beds.
  • Drive machines onto truck trailers, and drive trucks to transport machines and material to and from job sites.
  • Observe distribution of paving material to adjust machine settings or material flow, and indicate low spots for workers to add material.
  • Start machine, engage clutch, and push and move levers to guide machine along forms or guidelines and to control the operation of machine attachments.
  • Operate tamping machines or manually roll surfaces to compact earth fills, foundation forms, and finished road materials, according to grade specifications.
  • Set up and tear down equipment.
  • Light burners or start heating units of machines, and regulate screed temperatures and asphalt flow rates.
  • Start machine, engage clutch, and push and move levers to guide machine along forms or guidelines and to control the operation of machine attachments.
  • Coordinate truck dumping.