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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

53-4041 Subway and Streetcar Operators

Operate subway or elevated suburban trains with no separate locomotive, or electric-powered streetcar, to transport passengers. May handle fares.


National estimates for Subway and Streetcar Operators
Industry profile for Subway and Streetcar Operators
Geographic profile for Subway and Streetcar Operators

National estimates for Subway and Streetcar Operators:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Subway and Streetcar Operators:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
10,310 1.1 % $ 34.38 $ 71,520 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for Subway and Streetcar Operators:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 23.08 $ 29.33 $ 39.03 $ 39.42 $ 39.50
Annual Wage (2) $ 48,010 $ 61,000 $ 81,180 $ 81,980 $ 82,160


Industry profile for Subway and Streetcar Operators:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Subway and Streetcar Operators are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Subway and Streetcar Operators, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Subway and Streetcar Operators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 8,620 0.16 $ 35.05 $ 72,910
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 1,010 0.05 $ 36.44 $ 75,790
Urban Transit Systems 410 1.04 $ 22.95 $ 47,740

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Subway and Streetcar Operators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Urban Transit Systems 410 1.04 $ 22.95 $ 47,740
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 8,620 0.16 $ 35.05 $ 72,910
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 1,010 0.05 $ 36.44 $ 75,790

Top paying industries for Subway and Streetcar Operators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 1,010 0.05 $ 36.44 $ 75,790
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 8,620 0.16 $ 35.05 $ 72,910
Urban Transit Systems 410 1.04 $ 22.95 $ 47,740


Geographic profile for Subway and Streetcar Operators:

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



Map of employment of subway and streetcar operators by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Subway and Streetcar Operators:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 600 0.04 0.50 $ 31.81 $ 66,150
Maryland 550 0.22 2.97 $ 31.35 $ 65,210
Virginia 510 0.14 1.86 $ 33.32 $ 69,300
Illinois 400 0.07 0.98 $ 35.97 $ 74,810
Georgia 390 0.09 1.22 $ 23.62 $ 49,120


Map of location quotient of subway and streetcar operators by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Subway and Streetcar Operators:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland 550 0.22 2.97 $ 31.35 $ 65,210
Colorado 370 0.14 1.94 $ 25.39 $ 52,820
Virginia 510 0.14 1.86 $ 33.32 $ 69,300
Georgia 390 0.09 1.22 $ 23.62 $ 49,120
Illinois 400 0.07 0.98 $ 35.97 $ 74,810


Map of annual mean wages of subway and streetcar operators by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Subway and Streetcar Operators:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 120 0.04 0.52 $ 36.69 $ 76,320
Illinois 400 0.07 0.98 $ 35.97 $ 74,810
Virginia 510 0.14 1.86 $ 33.32 $ 69,300
California 600 0.04 0.50 $ 31.81 $ 66,150
Maryland 550 0.22 2.97 $ 31.35 $ 65,210



Map of employment of subway and streetcar operators by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Subway and Streetcar Operators:

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 4,940 0.57 7.77 $ 39.52 $ 82,190
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 830 0.28 3.86 $ 33.51 $ 69,690
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 180 0.06 0.83 $ 22.06 $ 45,880
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 120 0.06 0.86 $ 36.69 $ 76,320
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 110 0.06 0.81 $ 23.53 $ 48,950
Tucson, AZ 40 0.11 1.53 $ 19.88 $ 41,350


Map of location quotient of subway and streetcar operators by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Subway and Streetcar Operators:

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 4,940 0.57 7.77 $ 39.52 $ 82,190
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 830 0.28 3.86 $ 33.51 $ 69,690
Tucson, AZ 40 0.11 1.53 $ 19.88 $ 41,350
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 120 0.06 0.86 $ 36.69 $ 76,320
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 180 0.06 0.83 $ 22.06 $ 45,880
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 110 0.06 0.81 $ 23.53 $ 48,950


Map of annual mean wages of subway and streetcar operators by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Subway and Streetcar Operators:

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 4,940 0.57 7.77 $ 39.52 $ 82,190
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 120 0.06 0.86 $ 36.69 $ 76,320
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 830 0.28 3.86 $ 33.51 $ 69,690
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 110 0.06 0.81 $ 23.53 $ 48,950
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 180 0.06 0.83 $ 22.06 $ 45,880
Tucson, AZ 40 0.11 1.53 $ 19.88 $ 41,350


About May 2021 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.

(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 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022