How Much Do Paving Equipment Operators Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Paving Equipment Operators

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

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$46400 per year
Hourly wage
$22 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$29,030 to $34,580 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$14 to $17 per hour

Entry-level Paving, Surfacing and Tamping Equipment Operators with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $29,030 to $34,580 per year or $14 to $17 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Paving, Surfacing and Tamping Equipment Operators to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $35 $72,860
Senior (Top 25%) $26 $53,820
Middle (Mid 50%) $20 $41,540
Junior (Bottom 25%) $17 $34,580
No experience (Bottom 10%) $14 $29,030

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
NY $33 $69,560
IL $31 $65,050
MA $31 $64,160
CA $30 $62,200
OR $29 $59,420
NJ $28 $57,260
MN $27 $56,830
DC $26 $55,100
NV $26 $55,010
RI $25 $51,780

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Paving, Surfacing and Tamping Equipment Operator is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like NY doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at NY might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Paving Equipment Operators are in the states of NY, IL, MA, CA and OR.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Rental and Leasing Services $73400 $35.29
Natural Gas Distribution $69530 $33.43
Rail Transportation $62570 $30.08
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations $49800 $23.94
Local Government $47330 $22.75
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction $46820 $22.51
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing $46600 $22.40
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors $46070 $22.15
Nonresidential Building Construction $46030 $22.13
Other Specialty Trade Contractors $45980 $22.11
Utility System Construction $45770 $22.00
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying $45590 $21.92
State Government $45310 $21.79
Support Activities for Mining $43890 $21.10
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods $43820 $21.07
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction $42770 $20.56
Residential Building Construction $42380 $20.37
Land Subdivision $42010 $20.20
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing $41540 $19.97
Employment Services $41460 $19.93
Truck Transportation $39710 $19.09
Building Finishing Contractors $38300 $18.41
Support Activities for Road Transportation $36420 $17.51

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