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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
5,690 13.4 % $26.27 $54,640 2.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.00 $20.23 $25.30 $30.39 $39.13
Annual Wage (2) $33,280 $42,080 $52,630 $63,220 $81,380


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 2,770 1.19 $29.00 $60,320
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 1,920 5.69 $22.96 $47,750
Truck Transportation 150 0.01 $25.92 $53,900
Coal Mining 110 0.22 $27.85 $57,930
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 40 0.00 $24.28 $50,510

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 1,920 5.69 $22.96 $47,750
Rail Transportation 2,770 1.19 $29.00 $60,320
Coal Mining 110 0.22 $27.85 $57,930
Truck Transportation 150 0.01 $25.92 $53,900
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 40 0.00 $24.28 $50,510

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rail Transportation 2,770 1.19 $29.00 $60,320
Coal Mining 110 0.22 $27.85 $57,930
Truck Transportation 150 0.01 $25.92 $53,900
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 40 (7) $24.28 $50,510
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 1,920 5.69 $22.96 $47,750


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 880 0.07 1.85 $24.59 $51,140
Pennsylvania 440 0.07 1.89 $24.35 $50,650
Ohio 400 0.07 1.90 $27.30 $56,780
North Carolina 230 0.05 1.34 $21.99 $45,740
Indiana 150 0.05 1.27 $28.43 $59,130




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)
West Virginia 90 0.13 3.30 $24.06 $50,040
Arkansas 90 0.08 1.99 $19.38 $40,320
Texas 880 0.07 1.85 $24.59 $51,140
Pennsylvania 440 0.07 1.89 $24.35 $50,650
Ohio 400 0.07 1.90 $27.30 $56,780




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Carolina 30 0.02 0.43 $35.29 $73,390
New York 110 0.01 0.29 $34.80 $72,370
Oklahoma 100 0.06 1.59 $34.44 $71,640
Massachusetts (8) (8) (8) $29.42 $61,180
Indiana 150 0.05 1.27 $28.43 $59,130





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)
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 100 0.03 0.72 $32.73 $68,070
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 90 0.03 0.80 $22.41 $46,610
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 60 0.04 1.08 $22.17 $46,120
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 50 0.03 0.71 $22.96 $47,760
Salt Lake City, UT 40 0.05 1.36 $20.21 $42,030
St. Louis, MO-IL 30 0.02 0.56 $21.10 $43,880




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)
Salt Lake City, UT 40 0.05 1.36 $20.21 $42,030
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 60 0.04 1.08 $22.17 $46,120
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 90 0.03 0.80 $22.41 $46,610
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 50 0.03 0.71 $22.96 $47,760
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 100 0.03 0.72 $32.73 $68,070
St. Louis, MO-IL 30 0.02 0.56 $21.10 $43,880




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)
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 100 0.03 0.72 $32.73 $68,070
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 50 0.03 0.71 $22.96 $47,760
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 90 0.03 0.80 $22.41 $46,610
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 60 0.04 1.08 $22.17 $46,120
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX (8) (8) (8) $22.08 $45,920
St. Louis, MO-IL 30 0.02 0.56 $21.10 $43,880
Salt Lake City, UT 40 0.05 1.36 $20.21 $42,030
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI (8) (8) (8) $18.32 $38,100

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 60 0.43 10.84 $27.68 $57,570

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 60 0.43 10.84 $27.68 $57,570

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 60 0.43 10.84 $27.68 $57,570


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.

(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 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