Paving Equipment Operator Contractor

License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing

License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing


License required in 27 states
23rd most burdensome licensing requirements
40th most heavily regulated occupation

(Last updated April 24, 2012)


Paving equipment operators 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. Typically, only contractors require licenses, not operators who work for them.


Twenty-six states and the District of Columbia license paving equipment operator contractors. The process to obtain a license is the 23rd most burdensome of the 102 occupations studied. Fifteen states require applicants to pass at least one exam. Average fees amount $332. While most states do not stipulate that applicants acquire a specific amount of education and experience, the 10 that do require a significant amount. Arkansas requires five years, while Oregon, Nevada, Hawaii, Arizona and California each require four. Kansas only requires contractors to register with the state.

(Last updated May 2, 2012)

State Licensing Requirements

Burden RankStateFeesEducation/Experience (Days)ExamsMinimum GradeMinimum Age

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