Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
15,590 9.8 % $22.24 $46,260 2.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.89 $17.99 $22.25 $26.87 $31.00
Annual Wage (2) $28,890 $37,420 $46,270 $55,880 $64,490


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 9,620 4.30 $22.15 $46,060
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,510 0.05 $26.84 $55,830
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 1,780 1.75 $18.12 $37,700
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 530 1.92 $13.69 $28,470
State Government (OES Designation) 330 0.01 $26.31 $54,720

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 9,620 4.30 $22.15 $46,060
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 530 1.92 $13.69 $28,470
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 1,780 1.75 $18.12 $37,700
Urban Transit Systems 170 0.39 $30.61 $63,660
Coal Mining 90 0.11 $24.84 $51,670

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Urban Transit Systems 170 0.39 $30.61 $63,660
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,510 0.05 $26.84 $55,830
State Government (OES Designation) 330 0.01 $26.31 $54,720
Coal Mining 90 0.11 $24.84 $51,670
Rail Transportation 9,620 4.30 $22.15 $46,060


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 2,600 0.30 2.56 $26.73 $55,590
Texas 1,310 0.12 1.02 $17.57 $36,540
Illinois 1,220 0.21 1.81 $22.29 $46,360
Minnesota 790 0.30 2.51 $15.61 $32,470
Ohio 650 0.13 1.08 $22.62 $47,050




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 640 0.59 5.00 $20.58 $42,800
New York 2,600 0.30 2.56 $26.73 $55,590
Minnesota 790 0.30 2.51 $15.61 $32,470
West Virginia 180 0.26 2.18 $24.13 $50,190
Montana 90 0.21 1.77 $23.69 $49,270




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 230 0.07 0.60 $28.13 $58,500
New York 2,600 0.30 2.56 $26.73 $55,590
New Jersey (8) (8) (8) $25.93 $53,940
Maryland 490 0.19 1.66 $25.15 $52,320
Delaware 80 0.19 1.61 $25.10 $52,210





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 1,820 0.35 2.95 $27.86 $57,950
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 330 0.19 1.59 $13.41 $27,890
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 240 0.11 0.94 $19.60 $40,770
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 180 0.05 0.41 $26.95 $56,050
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 170 0.10 0.82 $15.83 $32,920
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 130 0.05 0.46 $18.33 $38,120
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 120 0.20 1.71 $14.82 $30,820
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 70 0.07 0.56 $19.26 $40,050
Prescott, AZ 60 1.05 8.92 $16.77 $34,880
Columbus, OH 50 0.06 0.50 $17.08 $35,540




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 60 1.05 8.92 $16.77 $34,880
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,820 0.35 2.95 $27.86 $57,950
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 120 0.20 1.71 $14.82 $30,820
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 330 0.19 1.59 $13.41 $27,890
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 240 0.11 0.94 $19.60 $40,770
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 170 0.10 0.82 $15.83 $32,920
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 50 0.09 0.79 $15.28 $31,780
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 70 0.07 0.56 $19.26 $40,050
Columbus, OH 50 0.06 0.50 $17.08 $35,540
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 180 0.05 0.41 $26.95 $56,050




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) $28.61 $59,500
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,820 0.35 2.95 $27.86 $57,950
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 180 0.05 0.41 $26.95 $56,050
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $26.68 $55,490
St. Louis, MO-IL 50 0.04 0.31 $20.60 $42,840
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 240 0.11 0.94 $19.60 $40,770
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 70 0.07 0.56 $19.26 $40,050
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 130 0.05 0.46 $18.33 $38,120
Columbus, OH 50 0.06 0.50 $17.08 $35,540
Prescott, AZ 60 1.05 8.92 $16.77 $34,880

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)
Winnsboro nonmetropolitan area 110 1.34 11.40 $23.67 $49,230
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 50 0.31 2.67 $25.26 $52,540

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)
Winnsboro nonmetropolitan area 110 1.34 11.40 $23.67 $49,230
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 50 0.31 2.67 $25.26 $52,540

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 50 0.31 2.67 $25.26 $52,540
Winnsboro nonmetropolitan area 110 1.34 11.40 $23.67 $49,230


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014