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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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)
5,400 13.3 % $25.33 $52,690 2.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.92 $18.81 $23.72 $29.65 $38.33
Annual Wage (2) $33,110 $39,110 $49,330 $61,670 $79,720


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 2,270 0.97 $29.10 $60,530
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 2,080 5.78 $22.14 $46,050
Truck Transportation 80 0.00 $26.74 $55,610
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 70 0.08 $28.72 $59,740
Coal Mining 50 0.10 $27.55 $57,290

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 2,080 5.78 $22.14 $46,050
Rail Transportation 2,270 0.97 $29.10 $60,530
Coal Mining 50 0.10 $27.55 $57,290
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 70 0.08 $28.72 $59,740
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 40 0.04 $28.74 $59,780

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rail Transportation 2,270 0.97 $29.10 $60,530
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 40 0.04 $28.74 $59,780
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 70 0.08 $28.72 $59,740
Coal Mining 50 0.10 $27.55 $57,290
Truck Transportation 80 (7) $26.74 $55,610


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)
California 890 0.05 1.39 $24.76 $51,500
Texas 560 0.05 1.23 $25.43 $52,890
Pennsylvania 410 0.07 1.89 $25.07 $52,140
Georgia 210 0.05 1.30 $21.10 $43,880
Oklahoma 170 0.11 2.87 $30.72 $63,900




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)
North Dakota 70 0.17 4.65 $23.75 $49,410
Oklahoma 170 0.11 2.87 $30.72 $63,900
Kansas 160 0.11 3.06 $18.76 $39,010
Arkansas 130 0.10 2.81 $18.67 $38,840
Pennsylvania 410 0.07 1.89 $25.07 $52,140




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 110 0.01 0.31 $36.40 $75,700
Oklahoma 170 0.11 2.87 $30.72 $63,900
Indiana 160 0.05 1.40 $29.41 $61,180
Massachusetts (8) (8) (8) $28.63 $59,560
Ohio (8) (8) (8) $28.14 $58,520





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)
Kansas City, MO-KS 270 0.26 6.93 $19.76 $41,100
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 120 0.04 1.21 $17.33 $36,050
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 90 0.03 0.84 $23.08 $48,010
Salt Lake City, UT 50 0.07 1.86 $21.74 $45,210
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 50 0.03 0.85 $21.77 $45,280




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)
Kansas City, MO-KS 270 0.26 6.93 $19.76 $41,100
Salt Lake City, UT 50 0.07 1.86 $21.74 $45,210
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 120 0.04 1.21 $17.33 $36,050
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 50 0.03 0.85 $21.77 $45,280
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 90 0.03 0.84 $23.08 $48,010




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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA (8) (8) (8) $25.69 $53,430
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 90 0.03 0.84 $23.08 $48,010
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 50 0.03 0.85 $21.77 $45,280
Salt Lake City, UT 50 0.07 1.86 $21.74 $45,210
Kansas City, MO-KS 270 0.26 6.93 $19.76 $41,100
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 120 0.04 1.21 $17.33 $36,050

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)
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.40 10.84 $24.30 $50,550
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 30 0.21 5.75 $22.96 $47,760

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)
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.40 10.84 $24.30 $50,550
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 30 0.21 5.75 $22.96 $47,760

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)
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.40 10.84 $24.30 $50,550
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 30 0.21 5.75 $22.96 $47,760


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.

(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 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: July 6, 2020