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Career profile Paver Layer

Also known as Cutter, Paver, Paver Installer, Paver Layer, Paving Stone Installer, Segmental Wall Installer

Paver Layer

Also known as Cutter, Paver, Paver Installer

Interests Profile
  • Realistic
  • Conventional
  • Enterprising
Pay Range
$26,700 - $67,310 (annual)
Required Skills
  • Speaking
  • Active Listening
  • Critical Thinking
Knowledge Areas
  • Mechanical
  • Building and Construction
  • Administration and Management
Core tasks
  • Prepare base for installation by removing unstable or unsuitable materials, compacting and grading the soil, draining or stabilizing weak or saturated soils and taking measures to prevent water penetration and migration of bedding sand.
  • Supply and place base materials, edge restraints, bedding sand and jointing sand.
  • Discuss the design with the client.
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What does a Paver Layer do?

Paver Layers lay out, cut, and place segmental paving units.

In addition, Paver Layers includes installers of bedding and restraining materials for the paving units.

What kind of tasks does a Paver Layer perform regularly?

Paver Layers are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:

  • Prepare base for installation by removing unstable or unsuitable materials, compacting and grading the soil, draining or stabilizing weak or saturated soils and taking measures to prevent water penetration and migration of bedding sand.
  • Supply and place base materials, edge restraints, bedding sand and jointing sand.
  • Discuss the design with the client.
  • Set pavers, aligning and spacing them correctly.
  • Sweep sand into the joints and compact pavement until the joints are full.
  • Screed sand level to an even thickness, and recheck sand exposed to elements, raking and rescreeding if necessary.
  • Cut paving stones to size and for edges, using a splitter and a masonry saw.
  • Compact bedding sand and pavers to finish the paved area, using a plate compactor.
  • Design paver installation layout pattern and create markings for directional references of joints and stringlines.
  • Sweep sand from the surface prior to opening to traffic.
  • Resurface an outside area with cobblestones, terracotta tiles, concrete or other materials.
  • Cement the edges of the paved area.

The above responsibilities are specific to Paver Layers. More generally, Paver Layers are involved in several broader types of activities:

Handling and Moving Objects
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
Performing General Physical Activities
Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling materials.
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or watercraft.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Materials
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others
Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.

What is a Paver Layer salary?

The median salary for a Paver Layer is $39,660, and the average salary is $44,180. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Paver Layer salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.

Many Paver Layers earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Paver Layers earn less than $26,700 per year, 25% earn less than $32,650, 75% earn less than $51,660, and 90% earn less than $67,310.

Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Paver Layers is expected to change by 8.2%, and there should be roughly 4,200 open positions for Paver Layers every year.

Median annual salary
$39,660
Typical salary range
$26,700 - $67,310
Projected growth (2020 - 2030)
8.2%

What personality traits are common among Paver Layers?

Interests

Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.

Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Paver Layer are usually higher in their Realistic interests.

Paver Layers typically have very strong Realistic interests. Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Values

People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.

Compared to most people, those working as a Paver Layer tend to value Support, Relationships, and Independence.

Most importantly, Paver Layers moderately value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.

Second, Paver Layers moderately value Relationships. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.

Lastly, Paver Layers moderately value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.

Psychological Demands

Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.

In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Paver Layers must consistently demonstrate qualities such as attention to detail, dependability, and self-control.

Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Paver Layers, ranked by importance:

Attention to Detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Self-Control
Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
Concern for Others
Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
Integrity
Job requires being honest and ethical.

What education and training do Paver Layers need?

Working as a Paver Layer usually requires a high school diploma.

Paver Layers need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this occupation.

Educational degrees among Paver Layers

  • 22.0% did not complete high school or secondary school
  • 47.3% completed high school or secondary school
  • 18.5% completed some college coursework
  • 5.7% earned a Associate's degree
  • 6.0% earned a Bachelor's degree
  • 0.3% earned a Master's degree
  • 0.2% earned a doctorate or professional degree

Knowledge and expertise required by Paver Layers

Paver Layers may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as mechanical, building and construction, or administration and management knowledge.

The list below shows several areas in which most Paver Layers might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.

Mechanical
Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Building and Construction
Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
Administration and Management
Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Transportation
Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
Customer and Personal Service
Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Important Abilities needed by Paver Layers

Paver Layers must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.

For example, Paver Layers need abilities such as multilimb coordination, oral comprehension, and oral expression in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Paver Layers, ranked by their relative importance.

Multilimb Coordination
The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
Oral Comprehension
The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Oral Expression
The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Control Precision
The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
Speech Recognition
The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.

Critical Skills needed by Paver Layers

Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.

Paver Layers frequently use skills like speaking, active listening, and critical thinking to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Paver Layers, ranked by their relative importance.

Speaking
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Active Listening
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Critical Thinking
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
Coordination
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Operation and Control
Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

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