Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

53-4031 Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters

Coordinate activities of switch-engine crew within railroad yard, industrial plant, or similar location. Conductors coordinate activities of train crew on passenger or freight trains. Yardmasters review train schedules and switching orders and coordinate activities of workers engaged in railroad traffic operations, such as the makeup or breakup of trains and yard switching.


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)
44,490 5.4 % $30.47 $63,370 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $20.65 $24.70 $28.99 $36.56 $44.05
Annual Wage (2) $42,950 $51,370 $60,300 $76,050 $91,630


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 39,590 16.75 $30.89 $64,260
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 4,180 0.08 $27.09 $56,340
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 360 1.12 $23.26 $48,390
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land 120 0.83 $16.67 $34,670
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 80 0.00 $44.96 $93,520

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 39,590 16.75 $30.89 $64,260
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 360 1.12 $23.26 $48,390
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land 120 0.83 $16.67 $34,670
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 4,180 0.08 $27.09 $56,340
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 80 0.00 $44.96 $93,520

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) 80 (7) $44.96 $93,520
Rail Transportation 39,590 16.75 $30.89 $64,260
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 4,180 0.08 $27.09 $56,340
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 360 1.12 $23.26 $48,390
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land 120 0.83 $16.67 $34,670


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 6,970 0.76 2.43 $30.17 $62,750
Texas 4,140 0.35 1.12 $32.43 $67,450
Pennsylvania 2,730 0.47 1.51 $30.83 $64,120
Illinois 2,710 0.46 1.46 $31.60 $65,740
Ohio 1,730 0.32 1.03 $30.74 $63,930




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 730 2.74 8.78 $33.51 $69,700
North Dakota 530 1.27 4.07 $30.06 $62,520
District of Columbia 670 0.94 3.01 $30.62 $63,690
New York 6,970 0.76 2.43 $30.17 $62,750
Kentucky 1,050 0.56 1.79 $24.31 $50,560




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland (8) (8) (8) $36.30 $75,510
California 1,550 0.09 0.30 $34.81 $72,400
Wyoming 730 2.74 8.78 $33.51 $69,700
Texas 4,140 0.35 1.12 $32.43 $67,450
Oregon (8) (8) (8) $32.39 $67,370



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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 4,110 0.61 1.97 $27.00 $56,160


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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 4,110 0.61 1.97 $27.00 $56,160


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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)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $30.36 $63,140
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,110 0.61 1.97 $27.00 $56,160


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