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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

53-6051 Transportation Inspectors

Inspect equipment or goods in connection with the safe transport of cargo or people. Includes rail transportation inspectors, such as freight inspectors, rail inspectors, and other inspectors of transportation vehicles not elsewhere classified. Excludes “Transportation Security Screeners” (33-9093).


National estimates for Transportation Inspectors
Industry profile for Transportation Inspectors
Geographic profile for Transportation Inspectors

National estimates for Transportation Inspectors:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Transportation Inspectors:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
25,070 2.0 % $ 37.32 $ 77,620 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for Transportation Inspectors:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 17.80 $ 24.41 $ 38.35 $ 47.25 $ 59.71
Annual Wage (2) $ 37,030 $ 50,780 $ 79,770 $ 98,280 $ 124,200


Industry profile for Transportation Inspectors:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Transportation Inspectors:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 4,690 0.09 $ 37.82 $ 78,670
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 4,480 0.21 $ 56.44 $ 117,400
Rail Transportation 3,210 1.46 $ 38.75 $ 80,610
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 3,110 0.14 $ 28.29 $ 58,840
Automotive Repair and Maintenance 1,250 0.14 $ 16.74 $ 34,810

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Transportation Inspectors:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 560 1.71 $ 23.67 $ 49,240
Rail Transportation 3,210 1.46 $ 38.75 $ 80,610
Support Activities for Water Transportation 550 0.61 $ 31.45 $ 65,410
Support Activities for Air Transportation 1,060 0.54 $ 37.68 $ 78,380
Scheduled Air Transportation 1,070 0.27 $ 46.51 $ 96,730

Top paying industries for Transportation Inspectors:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 4,480 0.21 $ 56.44 $ 117,400
Scheduled Air Transportation 1,070 0.27 $ 46.51 $ 96,730
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 80 0.02 $ 43.28 $ 90,030
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 220 0.03 $ 43.11 $ 89,680
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 110 0.23 $ 40.65 $ 84,550


Geographic profile for Transportation Inspectors:

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



Map of employment of transportation inspectors by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Transportation Inspectors:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 5,190 0.60 3.37 $ 38.42 $ 79,920
California 2,610 0.16 0.89 $ 32.95 $ 68,540
Texas 2,230 0.18 1.03 $ 43.45 $ 90,380
Florida 1,280 0.15 0.84 $ 39.37 $ 81,890
Georgia 910 0.21 1.16 $ 38.84 $ 80,790


Map of location quotient of transportation inspectors by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Transportation Inspectors:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 220 0.74 4.16 $ 51.74 $ 107,630
New York 5,190 0.60 3.37 $ 38.42 $ 79,920
Wyoming 120 0.46 2.59 $ 27.79 $ 57,800
District of Columbia 240 0.37 2.08 $ 53.51 $ 111,290
West Virginia 220 0.34 1.91 $ 30.45 $ 63,340


Map of annual mean wages of transportation inspectors by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Transportation Inspectors:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 240 0.37 2.08 $ 53.51 $ 111,290
Alaska 220 0.74 4.16 $ 51.74 $ 107,630
Wisconsin (8) (8) (8) $ 48.97 $ 101,850
Maine 60 0.10 0.59 $ 45.47 $ 94,580
Idaho 70 0.09 0.53 $ 45.13 $ 93,860



Map of employment of transportation inspectors by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Transportation Inspectors:

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 4,780 0.55 3.09 $ 38.52 $ 80,120
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 790 0.22 1.24 $ 50.14 $ 104,290
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 740 0.13 0.73 $ 35.28 $ 73,370
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 610 0.24 1.33 $ 33.61 $ 69,910
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 490 0.20 1.13 $ 41.74 $ 86,810
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 490 0.17 0.94 $ 45.76 $ 95,170
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 460 0.16 0.90 $ 39.18 $ 81,480
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 450 0.17 0.98 $ 45.48 $ 94,600
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 430 0.21 1.15 $ 38.43 $ 79,940
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 350 0.23 1.29 $ 27.52 $ 57,240


Map of location quotient of transportation inspectors by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Transportation Inspectors:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Savannah, GA 210 1.16 6.51 $ 39.02 $ 81,170
Charleston, WV 110 1.13 6.33 $ 27.01 $ 56,180
Anchorage, AK 160 0.99 5.57 $ 51.99 $ 108,140
Springfield, IL 70 0.76 4.25 $ 29.90 $ 62,190
Dover, DE 40 0.57 3.19 $ 21.19 $ 44,070
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 70 0.56 3.15 $ 34.83 $ 72,450
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 4,780 0.55 3.09 $ 38.52 $ 80,120
Tulsa, OK 170 0.40 2.23 $ 28.55 $ 59,390
Billings, MT 30 0.39 2.20 $ 32.24 $ 67,050
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL 60 0.37 2.07 $ 37.52 $ 78,040


Map of annual mean wages of transportation inspectors by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Transportation Inspectors:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Portland-South Portland, ME 40 0.18 1.03 $ 53.97 $ 112,260
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 200 0.10 0.58 $ 53.81 $ 111,930
Anchorage, AK 160 0.99 5.57 $ 51.99 $ 108,140
Boise City, ID 50 0.14 0.76 $ 50.71 $ 105,470
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 790 0.22 1.24 $ 50.14 $ 104,290
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 180 0.10 0.56 $ 49.68 $ 103,340
Columbia, SC 30 0.08 0.48 $ 49.04 $ 102,010
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN 120 0.20 1.11 $ 48.84 $ 101,580
Wichita, KS 60 0.21 1.17 $ 47.51 $ 98,820
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 490 0.17 0.94 $ 45.76 $ 95,170

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Transportation Inspectors:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.14 0.79 $ 15.85 $ 32,980
Eastern and Southern Colorado nonmetropolitan area 50 0.70 3.95 $ 24.76 $ 51,500
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.32 1.78 $ 43.98 $ 91,480
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 40 0.27 1.50 $ 27.20 $ 56,570
Eastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 30 0.38 2.11 $ 18.86 $ 39,220

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Transportation Inspectors:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern and Southern Colorado nonmetropolitan area 50 0.70 3.95 $ 24.76 $ 51,500
Eastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 30 0.38 2.11 $ 18.86 $ 39,220
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.32 1.78 $ 43.98 $ 91,480
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 40 0.27 1.50 $ 27.20 $ 56,570
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.14 0.79 $ 15.85 $ 32,980

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Transportation Inspectors:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.32 1.78 $ 43.98 $ 91,480
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 40 0.27 1.50 $ 27.20 $ 56,570
Eastern and Southern Colorado nonmetropolitan area 50 0.70 3.95 $ 24.76 $ 51,500
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 23.76 $ 49,420
Eastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 30 0.38 2.11 $ 18.86 $ 39,220


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.

(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 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