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Working as a Tamping Machine Operator

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being a tamping machine operator. For example, did you know that they make an average of $12.99 an hour? That's $27,023 a year!

Between 2018 and 2028, the career is expected to grow 10% and produce 44,000 job opportunities across the U.S.

What Does a Tamping Machine Operator Do

There are certain skills that many tamping machine operators have in order to accomplish their responsibilities. By taking a look through resumes, we were able to narrow down the most common skills for a person in this position. We discovered that a lot of resumes listed mechanical skills, unafraid of heights and hand-eye-foot coordination.

When it comes to searching for a job, many search for a key term or phrase. Instead, it might be more helpful to search by industry, as you might be missing jobs that you never thought about in industries that you didn't even think offered positions related to the tamping machine operator job title. But what industry to start with? Most tamping machine operators actually find jobs in the manufacturing and transportation industries.

How To Become a Tamping Machine Operator

If you're interested in becoming a tamping machine operator, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 11.1% of tamping machine operators have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 0.0% of tamping machine operators have master's degrees. Even though some tamping machine operators have a college degree, it's possible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become a tamping machine operator. In fact, many tamping machine operator jobs require experience in a role such as forklift operator. Meanwhile, many tamping machine operators also have previous career experience in roles such as machine operator or staff supervisor.

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Average Salary$27,023
Job Growth Rate10%

Tamping Machine Operator Jobs

Average Salary for a Tamping Machine Operator

Tamping Machine Operators in America make an average salary of $27,023 per year or $13 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $32,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $22,000 per year.
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Job TitleCompanyCompanyStart DateSalary
Tamping Machine Operator
Tamping Machine Operator
J&P Paving Co., Inc.
J&P Paving Co., Inc.
09/01/2011
09/01/2011
$25,50309/01/2011
$25,503

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Top Tamping Machine Operator Employers

1. Kansas City Southern
4.7
Avg. Salary: 
$47,725
Tamping Machine Operators Hired: 
3+
2. Shelton Railroad Construction
3.6
Avg. Salary: 
$50,111
Tamping Machine Operators Hired: 
3+
3. Kelly Services
4.5
Avg. Salary: 
$31,147
Tamping Machine Operators Hired: 
2+
4. Hardee's
4.3
Avg. Salary: 
$23,206
Tamping Machine Operators Hired: 
1+
5. A/Z
4.1
Avg. Salary: 
$41,184
Tamping Machine Operators Hired: 
1+
6. Duval Asphalt
3.4
Avg. Salary: 
$47,194
Tamping Machine Operators Hired: 
1+

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Updated October 2, 2020