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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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)
16,180 8.1 % $27.48 $57,160 4.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.71 $20.93 $26.97 $34.09 $39.12
Annual Wage (2) $34,770 $43,530 $56,100 $70,910 $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 9,720 4.15 $25.84 $53,750
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 3,130 0.06 $34.53 $71,820
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 1,540 1.25 $21.25 $44,200
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 870 0.04 $35.94 $74,740
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 360 1.01 $21.47 $44,660

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 9,720 4.15 $25.84 $53,750
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 1,540 1.25 $21.25 $44,200
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 360 1.01 $21.47 $44,660
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land 40 0.29 $15.55 $32,340
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 3,130 0.06 $34.53 $71,820

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) 870 0.04 $35.94 $74,740
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 3,130 0.06 $34.53 $71,820
Coal Mining 30 0.06 $29.73 $61,840
Rail Transportation 9,720 4.15 $25.84 $53,750
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 80 0.04 $22.98 $47,800


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 3,140 0.33 3.00 $34.01 $70,740
Texas 970 0.08 0.71 $26.39 $54,890
Illinois 810 0.13 1.22 $27.15 $56,460
Pennsylvania 800 0.14 1.23 $27.26 $56,690
Massachusetts 780 0.22 1.96 $36.69 $76,320




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)
New York 3,140 0.33 3.00 $34.01 $70,740
Wyoming 90 0.32 2.91 $32.57 $67,750
Massachusetts 780 0.22 1.96 $36.69 $76,320
Oklahoma 270 0.16 1.49 $18.94 $39,400
South Dakota 60 0.15 1.34 $21.34 $44,390




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 780 0.22 1.96 $36.69 $76,320
New York 3,140 0.33 3.00 $34.01 $70,740
Wyoming 90 0.32 2.91 $32.57 $67,750
Maryland 330 0.12 1.10 $30.11 $62,640
Oregon 190 0.10 0.92 $30.10 $62,610





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 2,540 0.26 2.39 $34.94 $72,680
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 350 0.11 1.01 $32.62 $67,850
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 220 0.05 0.43 $28.72 $59,730
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 180 0.03 0.27 $24.20 $50,340
Baton Rouge, LA 140 0.36 3.26 $28.48 $59,230
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 120 0.06 0.53 $29.75 $61,870
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 80 0.07 0.61 $32.46 $67,510
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 50 0.02 0.17 $21.79 $45,320
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 40 0.01 0.11 $27.51 $57,220
Oklahoma City, OK 30 0.05 0.45 $15.27 $31,750




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)
Baton Rouge, LA 140 0.36 3.26 $28.48 $59,230
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 2,540 0.26 2.39 $34.94 $72,680
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 350 0.11 1.01 $32.62 $67,850
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 80 0.07 0.61 $32.46 $67,510
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 120 0.06 0.53 $29.75 $61,870
Oklahoma City, OK 30 0.05 0.45 $15.27 $31,750
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 220 0.05 0.43 $28.72 $59,730
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 180 0.03 0.27 $24.20 $50,340
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 50 0.02 0.17 $21.79 $45,320
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 40 0.01 0.11 $27.51 $57,220




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 2,540 0.26 2.39 $34.94 $72,680
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 350 0.11 1.01 $32.62 $67,850
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 80 0.07 0.61 $32.46 $67,510
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 120 0.06 0.53 $29.75 $61,870
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 220 0.05 0.43 $28.72 $59,730
Baton Rouge, LA 140 0.36 3.26 $28.48 $59,230
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 40 0.01 0.11 $27.51 $57,220
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 180 0.03 0.27 $24.20 $50,340
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ (8) (8) (8) $22.29 $46,370
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 50 0.02 0.17 $21.79 $45,320


About May 2019 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 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2020