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 for tamping gravel, dirt, or other materials. Includes concrete and asphalt paving machine operators, form tampers, tamping machine operators, and stone spreader operators.

Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators

About this Career Path

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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Environment

Construction equipment operators work in nearly all weather conditions. Workers often get dirty, greasy, muddy, or dusty. The vast majority of operators work full time, and some operators have irregular hours. Some construction projects, especially road building, are done at night.

Salary Breakdown

Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators

$46,400

AVERAGE ANNUALLY

$29,030

ENTRY LEVEL

$41,540

MID LEVEL

$72,860

EXPERT LEVEL

Current Available & Projected Jobs

Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators

5,844

Current Available Jobs

47,400

Projected job openings through 2030

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Top Expected Tasks

Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators

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KNOWLEDGE

Building and Construction

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KNOWLEDGE

Mechanical

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KNOWLEDGE

Mathematics

K

KNOWLEDGE

Physics

K

KNOWLEDGE

Public Safety and Security

S

SKILL

Operations Monitoring

S

SKILL

Operation and Control

S

SKILL

Monitoring

S

SKILL

Coordination

S

SKILL

Critical Thinking

A

ABILITY

Control Precision

A

ABILITY

Problem Sensitivity

A

ABILITY

Multilimb Coordination

A

ABILITY

Rate Control

A

ABILITY

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