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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 Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
Southeast Minnesota 11017$31.85/hr$18.94/hr$24.81/hr$32.56/hr$38.50/hr$39.90/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Construction890$32.99/hr
ManufacturingN/AN/A
Public Administration100$31.02/hr
 
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Duluth MN-WI MSA N/AN/AN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/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
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 20$29.35/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 30$37.87/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 50$31.43/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 70$24.35/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 80$30.11/hr4.7%
Southeast Balance of State 90$37.42/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 110$32.56/hr8.1%
Northwest Balance of State 130$30.40/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 140$30.27/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 200$30.30/hr6.8%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 380$33.45/hr5.4%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 480$33.45/hrN/A
Minnesota 990$31.02/hr6.0%


Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators 710$24.41/hr0.0%
Pile Driver Operators 50$39.28/hr1.5%
Roustabouts, Oil and Gas N/AN/AN/A
Pipelayers 980$37.76/hr0.7%


  • Set up and tear down equipment.
  • Control paving machines to push dump trucks and to maintain a constant flow of asphalt or other material into hoppers or screeds.
  • Start machine, engage clutch, and push and move levers to guide machine along forms or guidelines and to control the operation of machine attachments.
  • Set up forms and lay out guidelines for curbs, according to written specifications, using string, spray paint, and concrete or water mixes.
  • Cut or break up pavement and drive guardrail posts, using machines equipped with interchangeable hammers.
  • Observe distribution of paving material to adjust machine settings or material flow, and indicate low spots for workers to add material.
  • Inspect, clean, maintain, and repair equipment, using mechanics' hand tools, or report malfunctions to supervisors.
  • Operate tamping machines or manually roll surfaces to compact earth fills, foundation forms, and finished road materials, according to grade specifications.
  • Operate machines to spread, smooth, level, or steel-reinforce stone, concrete, or asphalt on road beds.
  • Fill tanks, hoppers, or machines with paving materials.