Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
6,140 23.4 % $24.97 $51,930 3.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.65 $18.28 $24.11 $29.40 $41.28
Annual Wage (2) $26,320 $38,020 $50,150 $61,150 $85,870


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 2,760 1.17 $30.13 $62,680
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 2,750 8.56 $19.53 $40,620
Truck Transportation 130 0.01 $26.30 $54,700
Coal Mining 110 0.22 $27.56 $57,330
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 50 0.06 $26.91 $55,980

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 2,750 8.56 $19.53 $40,620
Rail Transportation 2,760 1.17 $30.13 $62,680
Coal Mining 110 0.22 $27.56 $57,330
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 50 0.06 $26.91 $55,980
Truck Transportation 130 0.01 $26.30 $54,700

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rail Transportation 2,760 1.17 $30.13 $62,680
Coal Mining 110 0.22 $27.56 $57,330
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 50 0.06 $26.91 $55,980
Truck Transportation 130 0.01 $26.30 $54,700
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 30 (7) $23.89 $49,690


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 1,060 0.06 1.47 $24.45 $50,850
Ohio 400 0.07 1.71 $25.33 $52,680
Pennsylvania 380 0.07 1.51 $23.44 $48,760
Georgia 310 0.07 1.69 $12.77 $26,550
Illinois 230 0.04 0.92 $26.34 $54,790




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)
West Virginia 90 0.13 3.10 $23.41 $48,680
Alabama 150 0.08 1.86 $25.62 $53,280
Pennsylvania 380 0.07 1.51 $23.44 $48,760
Ohio 400 0.07 1.71 $25.33 $52,680
Iowa 110 0.07 1.73 $27.55 $57,310




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts (8) (8) (8) $37.43 $77,860
New York 120 0.01 0.30 $33.08 $68,800
Indiana 80 0.03 0.64 $30.11 $62,630
Iowa 110 0.07 1.73 $27.55 $57,310
Nebraska (8) (8) (8) $26.81 $55,760



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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)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 460 0.16 3.64 $19.70 $40,980
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 50 0.03 0.60 $23.37 $48,610
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 50 0.05 1.17 $19.93 $41,450
Salt Lake City, UT 50 0.07 1.52 $17.26 $35,900


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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)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 460 0.16 3.64 $19.70 $40,980
Salt Lake City, UT 50 0.07 1.52 $17.26 $35,900
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 50 0.05 1.17 $19.93 $41,450
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 50 0.03 0.60 $23.37 $48,610


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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)
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 50 0.03 0.60 $23.37 $48,610
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 50 0.05 1.17 $19.93 $41,450
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 460 0.16 3.64 $19.70 $40,980
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $18.36 $38,180
Salt Lake City, UT 50 0.07 1.52 $17.26 $35,900

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)
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 50 0.31 7.25 $28.07 $58,390

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)
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 50 0.31 7.25 $28.07 $58,390

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)
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 50 0.31 7.25 $28.07 $58,390


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.

(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 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