Nationwide

PAVING AND SURFACING

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Description:

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.

High School:​

No programs locally, contact us to help you create an apprenticeship!

More about a career in paving and surfacing:

Post-Secondary:​

Not required, experience is the best teacher!

Day In The Life of a Surfacer:
  • Fill tanks, hoppers, or machines with paving materials.

  • Control paving machines to push dump trucks and to maintain a constant flow of asphalt or other material into hoppers or screeds.

  • Observe distribution of paving material to adjust machine settings or material flow, and indicate low spots for workers to add material.

  • Operate machines to spread, smooth, level, or steel-reinforce stone, concrete, or asphalt on road beds.

  • Inspect, clean, maintain, and repair equipment, using mechanics' hand tools, or report malfunctions to supervisors.

  • Cut or break up pavement and drive guardrail posts, using machines equipped with interchangeable hammers.

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Job growth (2019-2026)
8.3%
10%
11%
Nationwide
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Statewide
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Regional
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Employment & Wage Statistics

Job openings (2019-2016)
15
140
6,700
Regional
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Hourly wage range
$15.85
$21.52
$26.73

Median

Annual wage range
$32,980
$44,760
$55,600
Statewide
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Hourly wage range
$14.13
$21.26
$28.16
Annual wage range
$29,390
$44,220
$58,580
Nationwide
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Hourly wage range
$13.40
$19.29
$33.50
Annual wage range
$27,870
$40,130
$69,680
For more information on careers in paving and surfacing:
ONET Summary Report - Paving and Surfacing