Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

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
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
24,270 4.9 % $23.85 $49,600 2.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.50 $18.62 $23.09 $27.91 $34.84
Annual Wage (2) $30,160 $38,730 $48,030 $58,050 $72,480


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 Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Rail Transportation 22,450 $24.10 $50,130
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 980 $16.82 $34,980
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 70 $22.90 $47,620

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Rail Transportation 22,450 $24.10 $50,130
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 70 $22.90 $47,620
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land (8) $20.09 $41,790
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 980 $16.82 $34,980


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Missouri 1,480 $26.39 $54,890 0.556
North Dakota 190 $24.16 $50,250 0.537
Illinois 2,170 $23.70 $49,290 0.380
Oklahoma 430 $27.77 $57,750 0.280
Mississippi 270 $28.42 $59,110 0.243

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Florida 50 $31.05 $64,580 0.007
New York 650 $29.26 $60,870 0.076
Mississippi 270 $28.42 $59,110 0.243
Oklahoma 430 $27.77 $57,750 0.280
Missouri 1,480 $26.39 $54,890 0.556


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 170 $20.92 $43,500 0.651
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 70 $19.18 $39,890 0.149
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 50 $14.50 $30,170 0.019

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH (8) $21.50 $44,710 (8)
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 170 $20.92 $43,500 0.651
Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA (8) $20.10 $41,800 (8)
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 70 $19.18 $39,890 0.149
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 50 $14.50 $30,170 0.019


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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 mean 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.


Other OES estimates and related information:

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Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010