• An asphalt plant operator in Georgia smiles at his desk on site of his highway construction career


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Some highway contractors are large enough to run their own asphalt plant. The Plant Operator is in charge of operating the machinery in the plant, as well as maintaining them and making small repairs.
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Operates the machine’s panelboard to heat, dry and mix ingredients to produce asphalt and concrete and controls the feeding, crushing and sifting machinery in the sand and gravel plant. Carefully observes gauges and dials to ensure proper processing and repairs machinery, if necessary. Coordinates efforts with co-workers.
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Work is inside the asphalt plant. The normal workweek is 40 hours (eight hours a day for five days). However, some projects may require night, weekend, holiday work and overtime.
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Many operators learn on the job. Others complete a formal apprenticeship or attend a trade school to learn how to operate the equipment. There is no certificate or special license needed.
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According to ZipRecruiter 2019 salary information, the average salary for nearly 77 percent of those working as asphalt plant operators is $42,500.
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Salary ranges in Georgia based upon information provided by Georgia highway contractors. These figures are averages and may vary from region to region within the state. With overtime, many workers earn well beyond the averages.


Below are some general hourly wages and annual salary ranges for asphalt plant operator jobs in Georgia. These figures are averages and may vary from region to region within the state.

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Average Entry-Level Pay
  • • $18.00 PER HOUR
  • • $37,500 PER YEAR
    Average Pay With Several Years of Experience
  • • $21.00 PER HOUR
  • • $43,500 PER YEAR
    Average Pay for Most Experienced Worker
  • • $29.00 PER HOUR
  • • $60,000 PER YEAR


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