Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

47-4061 Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators

Lay, repair, and maintain track for standard or narrow-gauge railroad equipment used in regular railroad service or in plant yards, quarries, sand and gravel pits, and mines. Include ballast cleaning machine operators and railroad bed tamping machine operators.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation


National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
14,880 4.5 % $22.11 $46,000 2.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.20 $17.71 $21.94 $26.21 $30.36
Annual Wage (2) $29,540 $36,840 $45,630 $54,520 $63,140


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Rail Transportation 10,530 $22.69 $47,200
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 1,490 $14.77 $30,720
Coal Mining 90 $23.15 $48,160

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Coal Mining 90 $23.15 $48,160
Rail Transportation 10,530 $22.69 $47,200
Support Activities for Rail Transportation (8) $16.31 $33,920
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 1,490 $14.77 $30,720


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Wyoming 210 $20.52 $42,680 0.734
Nebraska 370 $21.48 $44,670 0.399
North Dakota 110 $21.32 $44,350 0.303
Alabama 410 $17.93 $37,300 0.219
Illinois 1,230 $20.84 $43,340 0.215

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
New Mexico 60 $26.23 $54,560 0.079
Wisconsin 420 $23.00 $47,840 0.155
Oklahoma 210 $22.70 $47,210 0.140
Delaware 60 $22.68 $47,180 0.154
New Jersey (8) $22.65 $47,110 (8)


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 240 $13.33 $27,720 0.140
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 200 $13.03 $27,110 0.077
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 250 $15.59 $32,430 0.068
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 150 $16.45 $34,220 0.065

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Pittsburgh, PA (8) $26.67 $55,470 (8)
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 150 $16.45 $34,220 0.065
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division (8) $16.14 $33,570 (8)
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 250 $15.59 $32,430 0.068
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 240 $13.33 $27,720 0.140


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

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Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010