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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

53-4022 Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators and Locomotive Firers

Operate or monitor railroad track switches or locomotive instruments. May couple or uncouple rolling stock to make up or break up trains. Watch for and relay traffic signals. May inspect couplings, air hoses, journal boxes, and hand brakes. May watch for dragging equipment or obstacles on rights-of-way.


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)
11,080 11.7 % $29.99 $62,380 2.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.86 $22.48 $28.97 $36.39 $45.50
Annual Wage (2) $37,150 $46,760 $60,260 $75,700 $94,640


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 8,840 3.78 $31.01 $64,490
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 1,200 3.34 $20.92 $43,510
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 520 0.01 $36.15 $75,200
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 90 0.00 $36.92 $76,790
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 50 0.00 $24.98 $51,950

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 8,840 3.78 $31.01 $64,490
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 1,200 3.34 $20.92 $43,510
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 520 0.01 $36.15 $75,200
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 90 0.00 $36.92 $76,790
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 50 0.00 $24.98 $51,950

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) 90 (7) $36.92 $76,790
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 520 0.01 $36.15 $75,200
Rail Transportation 8,840 3.78 $31.01 $64,490
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 50 (7) $24.98 $51,950
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 1,200 3.34 $20.92 $43,510


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)
Illinois 1,040 0.17 2.28 $32.03 $66,620
New York 650 0.07 0.91 $35.05 $72,910
Pennsylvania 460 0.08 1.03 $28.41 $59,100
Wisconsin 430 0.15 1.97 $31.86 $66,270
California 420 0.02 0.32 $37.10 $77,170




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 220 0.79 10.46 $29.64 $61,640
West Virginia 170 0.25 3.29 $24.63 $51,220
South Dakota 80 0.20 2.60 $29.24 $60,810
Nebraska 160 0.17 2.22 $33.31 $69,280
Illinois 1,040 0.17 2.28 $32.03 $66,620




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 420 0.02 0.32 $37.10 $77,170
New York 650 0.07 0.91 $35.05 $72,910
Massachusetts 120 0.03 0.44 $34.21 $71,150
South Carolina 80 0.04 0.49 $33.97 $70,660
Washington 250 0.07 0.99 $33.82 $70,340





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)
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 370 0.08 1.04 $31.91 $66,380
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 230 0.11 1.52 $34.97 $72,740
Baton Rouge, LA 200 0.50 6.60 $27.26 $56,690
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 80 0.02 0.31 $31.26 $65,020
Montgomery, AL 40 0.26 3.41 $17.10 $35,560




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 6.60 $27.26 $56,690
Montgomery, AL 40 0.26 3.41 $17.10 $35,560
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 230 0.11 1.52 $34.97 $72,740
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 370 0.08 1.04 $31.91 $66,380
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 80 0.02 0.31 $31.26 $65,020




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)
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 230 0.11 1.52 $34.97 $72,740
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 370 0.08 1.04 $31.91 $66,380
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 80 0.02 0.31 $31.26 $65,020
Baton Rouge, LA 200 0.50 6.60 $27.26 $56,690
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX (8) (8) (8) $19.75 $41,080
Montgomery, AL 40 0.26 3.41 $17.10 $35,560


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.

(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 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