Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
14,250 4.9 % $25.39 $52,810 2.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.63 $20.07 $25.95 $29.77 $35.00
Annual Wage (2) $32,500 $41,740 $53,970 $61,920 $72,810


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 7,610 3.44 $25.49 $53,020
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,760 0.05 $29.54 $61,440
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 2,550 2.30 $20.58 $42,810
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 420 1.24 $20.05 $41,710
State Government (OES Designation) 400 0.02 $31.32 $65,140

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 7,610 3.44 $25.49 $53,020
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 2,550 2.30 $20.58 $42,810
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 420 1.24 $20.05 $41,710
Coal Mining 50 0.09 $25.60 $53,250
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,760 0.05 $29.54 $61,440

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government (OES Designation) 400 0.02 $31.32 $65,140
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,760 0.05 $29.54 $61,440
Coal Mining 50 0.09 $25.60 $53,250
Rail Transportation 7,610 3.44 $25.49 $53,020
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 2,550 2.30 $20.58 $42,810


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 2,330 0.26 2.53 $29.49 $61,340
Texas 1,790 0.15 1.50 $23.63 $49,150
Illinois 680 0.12 1.14 $28.79 $59,890
Minnesota 550 0.19 1.92 $28.94 $60,190
Louisiana 550 0.28 2.80 $24.78 $51,550




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 120 0.45 4.45 $25.76 $53,580
West Virginia 220 0.32 3.18 $22.72 $47,260
Louisiana 550 0.28 2.80 $24.78 $51,550
New York 2,330 0.26 2.53 $29.49 $61,340
Kansas 280 0.20 2.00 $24.10 $50,130




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 240 0.02 0.15 $33.96 $70,640
Massachusetts 260 0.08 0.75 $33.30 $69,270
New York 2,330 0.26 2.53 $29.49 $61,340
Delaware 50 0.10 1.02 $29.19 $60,720
Minnesota 550 0.19 1.92 $28.94 $60,190





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 2,080 0.32 3.12 $29.96 $62,310
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 380 0.13 1.28 $20.44 $42,510
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 320 0.13 1.26 $29.75 $61,890
Baton Rouge, LA 310 0.78 7.65 $26.54 $55,210
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 260 0.14 1.42 $33.49 $69,660
Pittsburgh, PA 150 0.13 1.29 $20.93 $43,530
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 130 0.05 0.53 $20.28 $42,190
Tulsa, OK 50 0.12 1.16 $14.95 $31,090




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 310 0.78 7.65 $26.54 $55,210
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,080 0.32 3.12 $29.96 $62,310
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 260 0.14 1.42 $33.49 $69,660
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 320 0.13 1.26 $29.75 $61,890
Pittsburgh, PA 150 0.13 1.29 $20.93 $43,530
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 380 0.13 1.28 $20.44 $42,510
Tulsa, OK 50 0.12 1.16 $14.95 $31,090
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 130 0.05 0.53 $20.28 $42,190




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)
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 260 0.14 1.42 $33.49 $69,660
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,080 0.32 3.12 $29.96 $62,310
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 320 0.13 1.26 $29.75 $61,890
Baton Rouge, LA 310 0.78 7.65 $26.54 $55,210
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $24.12 $50,180
New Orleans-Metairie, LA (8) (8) (8) $22.64 $47,090
St. Louis, MO-IL (8) (8) (8) $22.53 $46,870
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $22.42 $46,630
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA (8) (8) (8) $21.76 $45,260
Pittsburgh, PA 150 0.13 1.29 $20.93 $43,530


About May 2016 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 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017