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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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. Includes ballast cleaning machine operators and railroad bed tamping machine operators.


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)
14,410 4.9 % $27.46 $57,120 3.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.33 $21.26 $27.37 $33.39 $38.41
Annual Wage (2) $33,970 $44,210 $56,930 $69,460 $79,900


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 7,620 3.28 $26.64 $55,400
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 2,980 0.05 $33.53 $69,740
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 2,060 1.75 $20.89 $43,450
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 810 0.04 $36.50 $75,910
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 440 1.29 $21.48 $44,680

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 7,620 3.28 $26.64 $55,400
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 2,060 1.75 $20.89 $43,450
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 440 1.29 $21.48 $44,680
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land 40 0.28 $15.63 $32,500
Coal Mining 50 0.10 $28.13 $58,500

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 810 0.04 $36.50 $75,910
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 2,980 0.05 $33.53 $69,740
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 50 0.05 $30.22 $62,860
Coal Mining 50 0.10 $28.13 $58,500
Rail Transportation 7,620 3.28 $26.64 $55,400


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 2,960 0.32 3.17 $33.21 $69,080
Texas 1,290 0.11 1.07 $23.36 $48,590
Massachusetts 790 0.22 2.22 $36.71 $76,360
Pennsylvania 770 0.13 1.33 $27.65 $57,510
Illinois 740 0.12 1.23 $27.22 $56,610




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)
Wyoming 100 0.36 3.58 $31.66 $65,850
New York 2,960 0.32 3.17 $33.21 $69,080
Massachusetts 790 0.22 2.22 $36.71 $76,360
West Virginia 140 0.20 1.97 $28.34 $58,940
Louisiana 390 0.20 2.04 $25.33 $52,690




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 790 0.22 2.22 $36.71 $76,360
New York 2,960 0.32 3.17 $33.21 $69,080
Wyoming 100 0.36 3.58 $31.66 $65,850
Oregon 180 0.09 0.95 $30.14 $62,680
Maryland 320 0.12 1.21 $29.08 $60,500





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 2,350 0.25 2.49 $34.13 $70,990
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 350 0.11 1.12 $31.62 $65,760
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 240 0.09 0.91 $23.93 $49,780
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 180 0.04 0.40 $30.30 $63,020
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 150 0.06 0.59 $20.57 $42,780
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 130 0.04 0.35 $20.48 $42,600
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 110 0.06 0.56 $28.00 $58,240
Tulsa, OK 60 0.14 1.44 $14.79 $30,750




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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 2,350 0.25 2.49 $34.13 $70,990
Tulsa, OK 60 0.14 1.44 $14.79 $30,750
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 350 0.11 1.12 $31.62 $65,760
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 240 0.09 0.91 $23.93 $49,780
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 110 0.06 0.56 $28.00 $58,240
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 150 0.06 0.59 $20.57 $42,780
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 130 0.04 0.35 $20.48 $42,600
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 180 0.04 0.40 $30.30 $63,020




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)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 2,350 0.25 2.49 $34.13 $70,990
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA (8) (8) (8) $32.25 $67,080
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 350 0.11 1.12 $31.62 $65,760
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 180 0.04 0.40 $30.30 $63,020
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 110 0.06 0.56 $28.00 $58,240
Memphis, TN-MS-AR (8) (8) (8) $26.42 $54,940
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 240 0.09 0.91 $23.93 $49,780
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA (8) (8) (8) $22.89 $47,610
Kansas City, MO-KS (8) (8) (8) $22.33 $46,450
New Orleans-Metairie, LA (8) (8) (8) $21.71 $45,150


About May 2018 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.

(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 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019