Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
24,380 7.3 % $24.16 $50,260 2.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.12 $19.65 $24.68 $28.06 $32.65
Annual Wage (2) $29,360 $40,880 $51,340 $58,370 $67,920


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 22,630 10.08 $24.60 $51,170
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 1,370 5.35 $16.00 $33,280
Local Government (OES Designation) 140 0.00 $37.68 $78,380
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 60 0.00 $23.57 $49,020

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 22,630 10.08 $24.60 $51,170
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 1,370 5.35 $16.00 $33,280
Local Government (OES Designation) 140 0.00 $37.68 $78,380
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 60 0.00 $23.57 $49,020

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government (OES Designation) 140 (7) $37.68 $78,380
Rail Transportation 22,630 10.08 $24.60 $51,170
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 60 (7) $23.57 $49,020
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 1,370 5.35 $16.00 $33,280


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 3,260 0.31 1.65 $18.69 $38,870
Illinois 1,740 0.31 1.65 (8) (8)
California 1,680 0.12 0.63 $28.87 $60,060
Missouri 1,450 0.55 2.96 $24.20 $50,330
Pennsylvania 780 0.14 0.74 $26.64 $55,410




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)
Missouri 1,450 0.55 2.96 $24.20 $50,330
Iowa 760 0.52 2.76 $27.51 $57,220
Arkansas 600 0.52 2.78 $21.72 $45,170
Mississippi 490 0.45 2.40 $28.72 $59,750
Louisiana 700 0.37 2.00 $24.75 $51,480




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 570 0.07 0.35 $32.20 $66,970
California 1,680 0.12 0.63 $28.87 $60,060
Mississippi 490 0.45 2.40 $28.72 $59,750
New Jersey (8) (8) (8) $28.44 $59,160
Arizona 510 0.21 1.13 $27.54 $57,290





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)
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 90 0.33 1.75 $16.25 $33,800
Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN 70 0.11 0.60 $17.49 $36,370




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)
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 90 0.33 1.75 $16.25 $33,800
Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN 70 0.11 0.60 $17.49 $36,370




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)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $37.19 $77,360
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA (8) (8) (8) $23.90 $49,720
Memphis, TN-MS-AR (8) (8) (8) $18.92 $39,360
Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN 70 0.11 0.60 $17.49 $36,370
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX (8) (8) (8) $16.93 $35,220
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 90 0.33 1.75 $16.25 $33,800


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.

(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 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