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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

53-4022 Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators and Locomotive Firers

Operate or monitor railroad track switches or locomotive instruments. May couple or uncouple rolling stock to make up or break up trains. Watch for and relay traffic signals. May inspect couplings, air hoses, journal boxes, and hand brakes. May watch for dragging equipment or obstacles on rights-of-way.


National estimates for Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators and Locomotive Firers
Industry profile for Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators and Locomotive Firers
Geographic profile for Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators and Locomotive Firers

National estimates for Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators and Locomotive Firers: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators and Locomotive Firers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
14,630 10.9 % $ 26.87 $ 55,890 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators and Locomotive Firers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 17.03 $ 21.71 $ 27.82 $ 31.47 $ 35.40
Annual Wage (2) $ 35,430 $ 45,160 $ 57,870 $ 65,450 $ 73,620


Industry profile for Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators and Locomotive Firers: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators and Locomotive Firers are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators and Locomotive Firers, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators and Locomotive Firers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rail Transportation 12,740 5.96 $ 26.82 $ 55,780
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 900 2.68 $ 22.17 $ 46,120
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 500 0.01 $ 35.94 $ 74,760
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 90 0.00 $ 40.34 $ 83,910
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 30 0.04 $ 23.72 $ 49,330

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators and Locomotive Firers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rail Transportation 12,740 5.96 $ 26.82 $ 55,780
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 900 2.68 $ 22.17 $ 46,120
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 30 0.04 $ 23.72 $ 49,330
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 500 0.01 $ 35.94 $ 74,760
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 90 0.00 $ 40.34 $ 83,910

Top paying industries for Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators and Locomotive Firers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 90 (7) $ 40.34 $ 83,910
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 500 0.01 $ 35.94 $ 74,760
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) (8) (8) $ 27.07 $ 56,300
Rail Transportation 12,740 5.96 $ 26.82 $ 55,780
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 30 0.04 $ 23.72 $ 49,330


Geographic profile for Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators and Locomotive Firers: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators and Locomotive Firers are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators and Locomotive Firers, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators and Locomotive Firers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 570 0.03 0.33 $ 28.87 $ 60,050
Missouri 480 0.18 1.69 $ 29.37 $ 61,100
Arkansas 460 0.39 3.74 $ 28.01 $ 58,260
Pennsylvania 460 0.08 0.80 $ 27.13 $ 56,420
Iowa 310 0.21 1.97 $ 26.51 $ 55,130




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators and Locomotive Firers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 210 0.81 7.72 $ 25.56 $ 53,170
Arkansas 460 0.39 3.74 $ 28.01 $ 58,260
Iowa 310 0.21 1.97 $ 26.51 $ 55,130
Missouri 480 0.18 1.69 $ 29.37 $ 61,100
Oregon 190 0.11 1.02 $ 28.82 $ 59,940




Top paying states for Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators and Locomotive Firers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 30 0.01 0.08 $ 33.82 $ 70,350
Massachusetts 170 0.05 0.48 $ 32.91 $ 68,460
Oklahoma 60 0.04 0.34 $ 32.19 $ 66,950
Virginia (8) (8) (8) $ 29.81 $ 62,010
Indiana (8) (8) (8) $ 29.62 $ 61,610





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators and Locomotive Firers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 340 0.08 0.75 $ 33.33 $ 69,330




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators and Locomotive Firers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 340 0.08 0.75 $ 33.33 $ 69,330




Top paying metropolitan areas for Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators and Locomotive Firers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 340 0.08 0.75 $ 33.33 $ 69,330
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA (8) (8) (8) $ 27.54 $ 57,290
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX (8) (8) (8) $ 22.19 $ 46,150


About May 2020 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 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021