Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

47-4061 Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators

Lay, repair, and maintain track for standard or narrow-gauge railroad equipment used in regular railroad service or in plant yards, quarries, sand and gravel pits, and mines. Includes ballast cleaning machine operators and railroad bed tamping machine operators.


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)
16,870 8.9 % $22.21 $46,200 2.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.67 $18.20 $22.08 $26.69 $30.58
Annual Wage (2) $30,500 $37,860 $45,920 $55,510 $63,600


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 10,400 4.63 $21.98 $45,710
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 1,810 1.81 $20.17 $41,950
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 520 2.05 $13.80 $28,700
Nonresidential Building Construction 410 0.06 $18.49 $38,450
State Government (OES Designation) 330 0.01 $25.91 $53,880

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 10,400 4.63 $21.98 $45,710
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 520 2.05 $13.80 $28,700
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 1,810 1.81 $20.17 $41,950
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing 160 0.71 $23.95 $49,830
Coal Mining 60 0.07 $24.30 $50,550

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government (OES Designation) 330 0.01 $25.91 $53,880
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 30 0.04 $24.80 $51,590
Coal Mining 60 0.07 $24.30 $50,550
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing 160 0.71 $23.95 $49,830
Rail Transportation 10,400 4.63 $21.98 $45,710


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 2,620 0.31 2.37 $26.22 $54,540
Texas 1,590 0.15 1.16 $18.20 $37,860
Illinois 1,260 0.22 1.72 $21.94 $45,630
Minnesota 800 0.30 2.32 $16.20 $33,700
Ohio 730 0.14 1.11 $21.76 $45,250




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)
Mississippi 580 0.54 4.17 $20.69 $43,040
Wyoming 140 0.50 3.83 $22.35 $46,500
Oklahoma 500 0.32 2.51 $24.79 $51,570
New York 2,620 0.31 2.37 $26.22 $54,540
Minnesota 800 0.30 2.32 $16.20 $33,700




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 240 0.07 0.58 $26.91 $55,970
New York 2,620 0.31 2.37 $26.22 $54,540
New Jersey (8) (8) (8) $25.85 $53,760
Maryland 440 0.17 1.35 $25.79 $53,650
Washington (8) (8) (8) $24.97 $51,940





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-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,890 0.37 2.82 $27.88 $57,990
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 320 0.18 1.42 $15.02 $31,240
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 230 0.11 0.85 $22.02 $45,790
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 160 0.06 0.48 $16.81 $34,970
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 90 0.05 0.41 $18.66 $38,810
Columbus, OH 80 0.09 0.72 $16.58 $34,490
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 70 0.07 0.56 $17.78 $36,990
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 60 0.09 0.69 $16.15 $33,600
Jacksonville, FL 50 0.09 0.68 $22.46 $46,710
St. Louis, MO-IL 50 0.04 0.29 $21.16 $44,010




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)
Prescott, AZ 30 0.62 4.81 $16.35 $34,000
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,890 0.37 2.82 $27.88 $57,990
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 320 0.18 1.42 $15.02 $31,240
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 30 0.11 0.84 $19.40 $40,350
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 230 0.11 0.85 $22.02 $45,790
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 60 0.09 0.69 $16.15 $33,600
Jacksonville, FL 50 0.09 0.68 $22.46 $46,710
Columbus, OH 80 0.09 0.72 $16.58 $34,490
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 70 0.07 0.56 $17.78 $36,990
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 160 0.06 0.48 $16.81 $34,970




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)
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA (8) (8) (8) $28.68 $59,660
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,890 0.37 2.82 $27.88 $57,990
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $26.81 $55,760
Jacksonville, FL 50 0.09 0.68 $22.46 $46,710
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 230 0.11 0.85 $22.02 $45,790
St. Louis, MO-IL 50 0.04 0.29 $21.16 $44,010
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 30 0.11 0.84 $19.40 $40,350
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 90 0.05 0.41 $18.66 $38,810
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 70 0.07 0.56 $17.78 $36,990
Pittsburgh, PA (8) (8) (8) $17.71 $36,850

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)
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 30 0.20 1.56 $25.03 $52,060

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)
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 30 0.20 1.56 $25.03 $52,060

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)
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 30 0.20 1.56 $25.03 $52,060


About May 2012 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 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.

(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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013