Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
5,140 14.3 % $21.28 $44,260 2.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.69 $17.03 $20.33 $24.84 $30.31
Annual Wage (2) $30,550 $35,430 $42,280 $51,670 $63,050


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 2,900 1.30 $22.14 $46,060
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 1,520 5.47 $18.41 $38,290
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 230 0.25 $24.17 $50,260
Coal Mining 150 0.18 $23.75 $49,410
Other Support Activities for Transportation 90 0.31 $15.96 $33,190

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 1,520 5.47 $18.41 $38,290
Rail Transportation 2,900 1.30 $22.14 $46,060
Other Support Activities for Transportation 90 0.31 $15.96 $33,190
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 230 0.25 $24.17 $50,260
Coal Mining 150 0.18 $23.75 $49,410

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Water Transportation 30 0.03 $28.11 $58,470
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 230 0.25 $24.17 $50,260
Coal Mining 150 0.18 $23.75 $49,410
Rail Transportation 2,900 1.30 $22.14 $46,060
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 1,520 5.47 $18.41 $38,290


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 830 0.08 1.95 $18.06 $37,570
Pennsylvania 390 0.07 1.77 $20.57 $42,800
Illinois 280 0.05 1.28 $20.36 $42,340
New Jersey 240 0.06 1.59 $24.44 $50,840
Indiana 190 0.07 1.71 $24.77 $51,520




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)
South Carolina 160 0.09 2.30 $25.92 $53,920
Nebraska 90 0.09 2.41 (8) (8)
Texas 830 0.08 1.95 $18.06 $37,570
Pennsylvania 390 0.07 1.77 $20.57 $42,800
Indiana 190 0.07 1.71 $24.77 $51,520




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oregon 50 0.03 0.73 $27.96 $58,160
Iowa (8) (8) (8) $26.60 $55,340
Oklahoma (8) (8) (8) $26.52 $55,150
South Carolina 160 0.09 2.30 $25.92 $53,920
Indiana 190 0.07 1.71 $24.77 $51,520





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)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 210 0.08 1.95 $17.29 $35,970
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 120 0.17 4.41 $20.37 $42,380




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 120 0.17 4.41 $20.37 $42,380
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 210 0.08 1.95 $17.29 $35,970




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)
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 120 0.17 4.41 $20.37 $42,380
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 210 0.08 1.95 $17.29 $35,970


About May 2013 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.

(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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014