Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

53-4013 Rail Yard Engineers, Dinkey Operators, and Hostlers

Drive switching or other locomotive or dinkey engines within railroad yard, industrial plant, quarry, construction project, or similar location.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic 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)
5,600 7.5 % $18.18 $37,810 2.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.33 $14.22 $17.06 $21.10 $26.89
Annual Wage (2) $25,640 $29,580 $35,480 $43,880 $55,930


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 (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rail Transportation 2,630 1.16 $19.97 $41,540
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 1,110 5.28 $16.23 $33,750
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 210 0.24 $21.46 $44,640
Other Support Activities for Transportation 190 0.74 $14.21 $29,560
Coal Mining 110 0.14 $20.53 $42,700

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 1,110 5.28 $16.23 $33,750
Rail Transportation 2,630 1.16 $19.97 $41,540
Other Support Activities for Transportation 190 0.74 $14.21 $29,560
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 210 0.24 $21.46 $44,640
Coal Mining 110 0.14 $20.53 $42,700

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 30 (7) $23.22 $48,300
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 210 0.24 $21.46 $44,640
Coal Mining 110 0.14 $20.53 $42,700
Rail Transportation 2,630 1.16 $19.97 $41,540
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 1,110 5.28 $16.23 $33,750


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 480 0.05 1.09 $16.83 $35,000
Michigan 470 0.13 2.86 $15.18 $31,570
Illinois 470 0.09 1.93 $18.16 $37,770
Pennsylvania 330 0.06 1.36 $20.10 $41,800
Georgia 280 0.08 1.73 $18.15 $37,750




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Virginia 150 0.21 4.86 $19.72 $41,010
Alabama 260 0.14 3.25 $21.69 $45,120
Michigan 470 0.13 2.86 $15.18 $31,570
Nebraska 80 0.09 2.04 $20.17 $41,950
Illinois 470 0.09 1.93 $18.16 $37,770




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey (8) (8) (8) $21.89 $45,540
Alabama 260 0.14 3.25 $21.69 $45,120
Montana (8) (8) (8) $21.37 $44,450
Florida (8) (8) (8) $20.39 $42,420
Nebraska 80 0.09 2.04 $20.17 $41,950

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 350 0.10 2.27 $17.51 $36,420
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 260 0.39 8.92 $12.60 $26,210
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 260 0.11 2.38 $18.49 $38,450
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 70 0.15 3.29 $24.36 $50,680
Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA 40 0.04 1.00 $18.41 $38,290
Pittsburgh, PA 40 0.04 0.82 $19.66 $40,900




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 260 0.39 8.92 $12.60 $26,210
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 70 0.15 3.29 $24.36 $50,680
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 260 0.11 2.38 $18.49 $38,450
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 350 0.10 2.27 $17.51 $36,420
Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA 40 0.04 1.00 $18.41 $38,290
Pittsburgh, PA 40 0.04 0.82 $19.66 $40,900




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 70 0.15 3.29 $24.36 $50,680
Pittsburgh, PA 40 0.04 0.82 $19.66 $40,900
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 260 0.11 2.38 $18.49 $38,450
Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA 40 0.04 1.00 $18.41 $38,290
Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN (8) (8) (8) $17.57 $36,550
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 350 0.10 2.27 $17.51 $36,420
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 260 0.39 8.92 $12.60 $26,210


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011