Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators
SOC: 47-2071.00


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.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
57,700 employed

Projected (2024):
63,000 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Asphalt Distributor Operator
  • Asphalt Distributor Tender
  • Asphalt Paver
  • Asphalt Paver Operator
  • Asphalt Paving Foreman
  • Asphalt Paving Machine Operator
  • Asphalt Paving Superintendent
  • Asphalt Raker
  • Asphalt Roller Operator
  • Asphalt Roller Person
  • Asphalt Screed Operator
  • Asphalt Spreader Operator
  • Asphalt Surface Heater Operator
  • Asphalt Tamping Machine Operator
  • Bituminous Paving Machine Operator
  • Black Top Machine Operator
  • Black Top Paver Operator
  • Black Top Roller
  • Black Top Spreader Machine Operator
  • Blacktop-Paver Operator
  • Concrete and Asphalt Equipment Crew Member
  • Concrete Finisher
  • Concrete Finishing Machine Operator
  • Concrete Paving Machine Operator
  • Crew Team Member
  • Curb Machine Operator
  • Equipment Operator (EO)
  • Excavation Laborer
  • Form Grader
  • Form Tamper
  • Form Tamper Operator
  • Grade Foreman
  • Heater-Planer Operator
  • Heavy Equipment Operator
  • Highway Maintenance Worker
  • Joint Cleaning and Grooving Machine Operator
  • Joint Machine Operator
  • Laborer
  • Laydown Machine Operator
  • Loader Operator
  • Maintenance Equipment Operator (MEO)
  • Mechanical Spreader Operator
  • Mud Jack Operator
  • Operator
  • Paver Operator
  • Paving Foreman
  • Paving Machine Operator
  • Reinforcing Steel Machine Operator
  • Road Grader
  • Road Mixer Operator
  • Road Oiling Truck Driver
  • Road Packer Operator
  • Road Roller Operator
  • Roadway Technician
  • Roller Machine Operator
  • Roller Operator
  • Screed Operator
  • Self-Propelled Hot-Mix Roller Operator
  • Steam Roller Operator
  • Stone Spreader Operator
  • Strike Off Machine Operator
  • Tamping Machine Operator
  • Transportation Maintenance Worker
  • Traveling Plant Operator
  • Truck Driver

  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed


    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.


    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Start machine, engage clutch, and push and move levers to guide machine along forms or guidelines and to control the operation of machine attachments.
  • 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.
  • Operate oil distributors, loaders, chip spreaders, dump trucks, and snow plows.
  • Coordinate truck dumping.
  • Set up and tear down equipment.
  • Operate tamping machines or manually roll surfaces to compact earth fills, foundation forms, and finished road materials, according to grade specifications.
  • Shovel blacktop.
  • 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.
  • Light burners or start heating units of machines, and regulate screed temperatures and asphalt flow rates.
  • Control paving machines to push dump trucks and to maintain a constant flow of asphalt or other material into hoppers or screeds.
  • Set up forms and lay out guidelines for curbs, according to written specifications, using string, spray paint, and concrete/water mixes.
  • Fill tanks, hoppers, or machines with paving materials.
  • Drive and operate curbing machines to extrude concrete or asphalt curbing.
  • Cut or break up pavement and drive guardrail posts, using machines equipped with interchangeable hammers.
  • Install dies, cutters, and extensions to screeds onto machines, using hand tools.
  • Operate machines that clean or cut expansion joints in concrete or asphalt and that rout out cracks in pavement.
  • Place strips of material such as cork, asphalt, or steel into joints, or place rolls of expansion-joint material on machines that automatically insert material.
  • Control traffic.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Asphalt distributor trucks
  • Asphalt heating equipment
  • Asphalt mixing equipment
  • Asphalt paving machines
  • Asphalt rakes
  • Automatic paving control systems
  • Chip spreaders
  • Claw hammers
  • Cold in-place recyclers
  • Cold planers
  • Compactors
  • Concrete paving machines
  • Concrete saws
  • Desktop computers
  • Dump trucks
  • Flatbed truck trailers
  • Hot mix material transfer devices
  • Jackhammers
  • Laser levels
  • Liquid asphalt storage equipment
  • Locking pliers
  • Manual rollers
  • Milling machines
  • Motor graders
  • Nut drivers
  • Oil distributors
  • Pavement marking machines
  • Paving curbing machines
  • Paving finishing machines
  • Personal computers
  • Pneumatic paving breakers
  • Pneumatic rollers
  • Power extendable screeds
  • Profiling equipment
  • Respirators
  • Road heater-planers
  • Robotic paving machines
  • Rolling machines
  • Rubber-tired asphalt pavers
  • Rubber-track asphalt pavers
  • Self-contained breathing apparatus
  • Self-propelled material transfer devices
  • Skid steer loaders
  • Slip form machines
  • Snowplows
  • Static rollers
  • Straight screwdrivers
  • Straightedges
  • String lines
  • Surveying tapes
  • Tamping machines
  • Transit levels
  • Two way radios
  • Vibrating concrete screeds
  • Vibratory rollers
  • Wheel loaders
  • Windrow pickup machines
  • Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D
  • Database software
  • Email software
  • HCSS HeavyBid
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Time report software
  • Word processing software

  • construction and extraction

    industry stats

    SOC: 47-0000

    Total Employed: 5,477,820

    Average Annual Salary: $47,580