Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

53-4031 Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters

Coordinate activities of switch-engine crew within railroad yard, industrial plant, or similar location. Conductors coordinate activities of train crew on passenger or freight trains. Yardmasters review train schedules and switching orders and coordinate activities of workers engaged in railroad traffic operations, such as the makeup or breakup of trains and yard switching.


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)
43,100 6.7 % $27.90 $58,030 1.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.29 $22.55 $26.95 $32.82 $39.51
Annual Wage (2) $40,130 $46,910 $56,060 $68,270 $82,180


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 38,350 17.15 $28.08 $58,410
Local Government (OES Designation) 3,160 0.06 $27.20 $56,590
State Government (OES Designation) 1,160 0.05 $25.65 $53,360
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 140 0.50 $20.49 $42,610
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land 40 0.31 $15.82 $32,900

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rail Transportation 38,350 17.15 $28.08 $58,410
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 140 0.50 $20.49 $42,610
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land 40 0.31 $15.82 $32,900
Local Government (OES Designation) 3,160 0.06 $27.20 $56,590
State Government (OES Designation) 1,160 0.05 $25.65 $53,360

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rail Transportation 38,350 17.15 $28.08 $58,410
Local Government (OES Designation) 3,160 0.06 $27.20 $56,590
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 30 0.04 $25.66 $53,370
State Government (OES Designation) 1,160 0.05 $25.65 $53,360
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 140 0.50 $20.49 $42,610


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)
New York 5,220 0.60 1.86 $29.84 $62,070
Texas 4,030 0.37 1.13 $29.52 $61,400
Illinois 2,390 0.42 1.29 $28.20 $58,660
Ohio 2,280 0.44 1.37 $29.53 $61,420
New Jersey 2,160 0.56 1.74 $27.01 $56,170




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)
Nebraska 1,070 1.15 3.55 $26.18 $54,460
West Virginia 620 0.87 2.67 $29.56 $61,480
New York 5,220 0.60 1.86 $29.84 $62,070
Indiana 1,630 0.57 1.75 $30.44 $63,320
New Jersey 2,160 0.56 1.74 $27.01 $56,170




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Delaware 30 0.08 0.24 $33.86 $70,430
Washington (8) (8) (8) $33.24 $69,150
Mississippi 250 0.23 0.71 $33.15 $68,950
Kentucky (8) (8) (8) $31.42 $65,360
Tennessee (8) (8) (8) $30.69 $63,840





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)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,910 0.55 1.71 $27.26 $56,710
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 100 0.09 0.28 $27.32 $56,830
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 50 0.17 0.53 $24.64 $51,240
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 30 0.05 0.16 $17.67 $36,760




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)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,910 0.55 1.71 $27.26 $56,710
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 50 0.17 0.53 $24.64 $51,240
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 100 0.09 0.28 $27.32 $56,830
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 30 0.05 0.16 $17.67 $36,760




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)
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 100 0.09 0.28 $27.32 $56,830
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,910 0.55 1.71 $27.26 $56,710
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 50 0.17 0.53 $24.64 $51,240
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX (8) (8) (8) $23.99 $49,900
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO (8) (8) (8) $23.08 $48,010
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 30 0.05 0.16 $17.67 $36,760


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