Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
15,070 4.7 % $27.10 $56,360 3.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.00 $20.56 $26.95 $33.01 $38.09
Annual Wage (2) $33,280 $42,760 $56,060 $68,650 $79,230


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 7,690 3.25 $26.08 $54,250
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 3,370 0.06 $33.18 $69,020
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 2,340 2.10 $20.39 $42,400
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 820 0.04 $36.40 $75,710
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 380 1.18 $21.10 $43,890

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 7,690 3.25 $26.08 $54,250
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 2,340 2.10 $20.39 $42,400
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 380 1.18 $21.10 $43,890
Coal Mining 40 0.08 $28.30 $58,870
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 3,370 0.06 $33.18 $69,020

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) 820 0.04 $36.40 $75,710
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 3,370 0.06 $33.18 $69,020
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 50 0.05 $29.16 $60,660
Coal Mining 40 0.08 $28.30 $58,870
Rail Transportation 7,690 3.25 $26.08 $54,250


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 3,230 0.35 3.32 $32.96 $68,550
Texas 1,720 0.15 1.37 $22.54 $46,880
Massachusetts 800 0.23 2.15 $36.74 $76,420
Pennsylvania 780 0.13 1.27 $27.88 $57,990
Illinois 610 0.10 0.97 $26.25 $54,600




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 100 0.35 3.35 $30.89 $64,250
North Dakota 150 0.35 3.36 $23.37 $48,610
New York 3,230 0.35 3.32 $32.96 $68,550
Massachusetts 800 0.23 2.15 $36.74 $76,420
West Virginia 150 0.22 2.07 $28.09 $58,420




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 800 0.23 2.15 $36.74 $76,420
California 200 0.01 0.12 $35.68 $74,210
New York 3,230 0.35 3.32 $32.96 $68,550
Wyoming 100 0.35 3.35 $30.89 $64,250
Colorado 110 0.04 0.42 $30.08 $62,570



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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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,640 0.40 3.74 $33.78 $70,260
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 380 0.15 1.41 $32.45 $67,490
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 100 0.06 0.60 $27.13 $56,440
Tulsa, OK 80 0.18 1.67 $14.97 $31,130
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 60 0.05 0.45 $24.86 $51,720
Kansas City, MO-KS 60 0.06 0.55 $21.06 $43,800
St. Louis, MO-IL 60 0.04 0.39 $22.20 $46,180


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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)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,640 0.40 3.74 $33.78 $70,260
Tulsa, OK 80 0.18 1.67 $14.97 $31,130
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 380 0.15 1.41 $32.45 $67,490
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 100 0.06 0.60 $27.13 $56,440
Kansas City, MO-KS 60 0.06 0.55 $21.06 $43,800
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 60 0.05 0.45 $24.86 $51,720
St. Louis, MO-IL 60 0.04 0.39 $22.20 $46,180


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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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,640 0.40 3.74 $33.78 $70,260
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 380 0.15 1.41 $32.45 $67,490
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 100 0.06 0.60 $27.13 $56,440
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 60 0.05 0.45 $24.86 $51,720
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA (8) (8) (8) $23.36 $48,580
St. Louis, MO-IL 60 0.04 0.39 $22.20 $46,180
Kansas City, MO-KS 60 0.06 0.55 $21.06 $43,800
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX (8) (8) (8) $20.06 $41,730
Jacksonville, FL (8) (8) (8) $19.94 $41,460
Tulsa, OK 80 0.18 1.67 $14.97 $31,130


About May 2017 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 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018