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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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 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)
30,020 4.4 % $37.27 $77,530 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.03 $25.32 $36.45 $48.53 $60.24
Annual Wage (2) $33,330 $52,670 $75,820 $100,940 $125,310


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)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 4,430 0.22 $53.16 $110,570
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 4,380 0.08 $36.16 $75,220
Rail Transportation 4,370 1.87 $41.54 $86,410
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 3,310 0.15 $26.82 $55,780
Automotive Repair and Maintenance 2,230 0.24 $20.08 $41,770

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 4,370 1.87 $41.54 $86,410
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 560 1.57 $32.21 $67,000
Support Activities for Water Transportation 1,050 1.10 $36.28 $75,460
Support Activities for Air Transportation 1,950 0.85 $36.57 $76,070
Scheduled Air Transportation 1,220 0.27 $46.21 $96,110

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 4,430 0.22 $53.16 $110,570
Scheduled Air Transportation 1,220 0.27 $46.21 $96,110
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 110 0.24 $43.57 $90,630
Rail Transportation 4,370 1.87 $41.54 $86,410
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 140 0.01 $39.41 $81,980


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 4,520 0.47 2.32 (8) (8)
Texas 4,250 0.34 1.67 $42.47 $88,340
California 3,080 0.18 0.87 $38.22 $79,510
Florida 1,610 0.18 0.90 $40.62 $84,490
Georgia 1,250 0.28 1.37 $41.27 $85,840




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)
Wyoming 170 0.62 3.05 $34.14 $71,020
Alaska 190 0.61 2.97 $51.82 $107,780
Delaware 240 0.53 2.59 (8) (8)
New York 4,520 0.47 2.32 (8) (8)
Oklahoma 660 0.41 2.01 $32.67 $67,960




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 190 0.61 2.97 $51.82 $107,780
Maine 80 0.13 0.64 $48.63 $101,150
District of Columbia 290 0.41 1.99 $48.28 $100,420
Wisconsin 160 0.06 0.27 $44.26 $92,070
North Dakota 70 0.17 0.84 $42.84 $89,110





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 4,200 0.44 2.13 $36.26 $75,410
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,310 0.36 1.76 $41.48 $86,280
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,280 0.42 2.05 $41.07 $85,420
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,000 0.16 0.78 $35.65 $74,140
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 630 0.26 1.25 $45.28 $94,170
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 610 0.23 1.13 $43.62 $90,730
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 600 0.22 1.08 (8) (8)
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 560 0.20 0.99 $34.25 $71,240
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 560 0.18 0.86 $45.24 $94,090
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 510 0.11 0.53 $32.79 $68,210




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)
Tulsa, OK 420 0.94 4.62 (8) (8)
Springfield, IL 80 0.79 3.88 $27.63 $57,480
Anchorage, AK 130 0.76 3.69 $50.70 $105,450
Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA 140 0.57 2.80 $22.70 $47,220
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 60 0.44 2.14 $34.86 $72,500
Salt Lake City, UT 320 0.44 2.16 $24.63 $51,230
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 4,200 0.44 2.13 $36.26 $75,410
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,280 0.42 2.05 $41.07 $85,420
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 310 0.40 1.98 $34.56 $71,890
Billings, MT 30 0.37 1.82 $29.87 $62,140




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)
Portland-South Portland, ME 30 0.15 0.74 $57.78 $120,180
Anchorage, AK 130 0.76 3.69 $50.70 $105,450
Oklahoma City, OK 210 0.33 1.61 $48.88 $101,660
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 60 0.05 0.26 $48.52 $100,920
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 420 0.21 1.00 $48.00 $99,840
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 310 0.15 0.76 $47.84 $99,500
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN 130 0.20 1.00 $47.09 $97,950
Columbia, SC 30 0.08 0.41 $46.23 $96,160
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 100 0.17 0.81 $45.63 $94,910
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 630 0.26 1.25 $45.28 $94,170

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)
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 270 3.16 15.43 $35.35 $73,530
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 70 0.20 0.97 $34.54 $71,850
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.20 0.96 $38.46 $80,000
Southern Ohio non-metropolitan area 50 0.31 1.51 $27.91 $58,050
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.34 1.64 $39.61 $82,390

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)
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 270 3.16 15.43 $35.35 $73,530
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.34 1.64 $39.61 $82,390
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.32 1.58 $54.52 $113,390
Southern Ohio non-metropolitan area 50 0.31 1.51 $27.91 $58,050
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.20 0.96 $38.46 $80,000

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)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.32 1.58 $54.52 $113,390
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.34 1.64 $39.61 $82,390
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.20 0.96 $38.46 $80,000
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 270 3.16 15.43 $35.35 $73,530
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $34.74 $72,250


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