Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

53-4021 Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators

Operate railroad track switches. Couple or uncouple rolling stock to make up or break up trains. Signal engineers by hand or flagging. May inspect couplings, air hoses, journal boxes, and hand brakes.


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)
14,190 7.7 % $28.13 $58,500 2.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.49 $21.54 $27.53 $35.15 $40.34
Annual Wage (2) $34,310 $44,800 $57,260 $73,110 $83,900


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 11,820 5.00 $29.09 $60,510
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 1,790 5.55 $21.05 $43,790
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 140 0.00 $42.06 $87,480
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 110 0.01 $34.28 $71,310
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only) 50 0.00 $22.18 $46,140

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 1,790 5.55 $21.05 $43,790
Rail Transportation 11,820 5.00 $29.09 $60,510
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 110 0.01 $34.28 $71,310
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 140 0.00 $42.06 $87,480
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 50 0.00 $25.13 $52,280

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 140 (7) $42.06 $87,480
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 110 0.01 $34.28 $71,310
Rail Transportation 11,820 5.00 $29.09 $60,510
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 50 (7) $25.13 $52,280
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only) 50 (7) $22.18 $46,140


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)
Texas 1,570 0.13 1.33 $27.07 $56,300
Missouri 1,130 0.40 4.06 $29.55 $61,450
Illinois 710 0.12 1.21 $29.13 $60,590
New York 640 0.07 0.70 $34.99 $72,780
Pennsylvania 460 0.08 0.80 $27.86 $57,950




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 300 1.11 11.17 $25.97 $54,020
Missouri 1,130 0.40 4.06 $29.55 $61,450
West Virginia 250 0.36 3.61 $22.47 $46,730
Nebraska 350 0.36 3.63 $27.88 $57,980
Louisiana 300 0.16 1.59 $26.04 $54,150




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 640 0.07 0.70 $34.99 $72,780
Massachusetts (8) (8) (8) $34.65 $72,070
California 410 0.02 0.25 $34.52 $71,800
South Carolina 180 0.09 0.92 $33.95 $70,620
Minnesota (8) (8) (8) $32.92 $68,470



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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 270 0.09 0.92 $20.51 $42,660
Baton Rouge, LA 200 0.50 5.02 $26.00 $54,080
Montgomery, AL 50 0.30 2.98 $15.95 $33,170
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 30 0.07 0.66 $15.63 $32,510


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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)
Baton Rouge, LA 200 0.50 5.02 $26.00 $54,080
Montgomery, AL 50 0.30 2.98 $15.95 $33,170
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 270 0.09 0.92 $20.51 $42,660
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 30 0.07 0.66 $15.63 $32,510


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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)
Baton Rouge, LA 200 0.50 5.02 $26.00 $54,080
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA (8) (8) (8) $21.72 $45,180
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 270 0.09 0.92 $20.51 $42,660
Montgomery, AL 50 0.30 2.98 $15.95 $33,170
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 30 0.07 0.66 $15.63 $32,510

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 Iowa nonmetropolitan area 50 0.23 2.35 $16.99 $35,340
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 50 0.84 8.47 $20.61 $42,870

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)
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 50 0.84 8.47 $20.61 $42,870
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 50 0.23 2.35 $16.99 $35,340

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)
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 50 0.84 8.47 $20.61 $42,870
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 50 0.23 2.35 $16.99 $35,340


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