Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
14,820 10.0 % $24.39 $50,740 2.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.31 $19.90 $24.92 $28.54 $33.08
Annual Wage (2) $31,850 $41,400 $51,840 $59,350 $68,800


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 8,360 3.74 $24.73 $51,450
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,540 0.05 $27.24 $56,650
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 2,500 2.40 $19.05 $39,630
State Government (OES Designation) 730 0.03 $31.18 $64,850
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 310 1.01 $18.58 $38,650

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 8,360 3.74 $24.73 $51,450
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 2,500 2.40 $19.05 $39,630
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 310 1.01 $18.58 $38,650
Coal Mining 90 0.12 $24.24 $50,420
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,540 0.05 $27.24 $56,650

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government (OES Designation) 730 0.03 $31.18 $64,850
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,540 0.05 $27.24 $56,650
Rail Transportation 8,360 3.74 $24.73 $51,450
Coal Mining 90 0.12 $24.24 $50,420
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 2,500 2.40 $19.05 $39,630


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 2,240 0.25 2.32 $27.62 $57,460
Texas 1,520 0.14 1.23 $22.94 $47,710
Illinois 940 0.16 1.49 $26.77 $55,680
Louisiana 530 0.27 2.50 $25.24 $52,490
Ohio 520 0.10 0.91 $23.04 $47,930



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 120 0.42 3.79 $24.91 $51,810
West Virginia 250 0.36 3.26 $20.91 $43,500
Louisiana 530 0.27 2.50 $25.24 $52,490
New York 2,240 0.25 2.32 $27.62 $57,460
Maine 150 0.25 2.31 $20.66 $42,980



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 490 0.15 1.33 $32.21 $66,990
Minnesota 500 0.18 1.68 $28.61 $59,520
Delaware 50 0.11 1.02 $27.67 $57,560
New York 2,240 0.25 2.32 $27.62 $57,460
Illinois 940 0.16 1.49 $26.77 $55,680




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)
Baton Rouge, LA 360 0.93 8.52 $25.79 $53,640
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 280 0.12 1.13 $19.87 $41,330
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 180 0.05 0.43 $27.49 $57,180
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 150 0.26 2.33 $14.32 $29,790
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 110 0.05 0.43 $19.34 $40,220
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 50 0.05 0.49 $17.88 $37,190
Columbus, OH 50 0.05 0.46 $17.43 $36,240
Prescott, AZ 40 0.79 7.19 $16.62 $34,580
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 30 0.07 0.62 $16.44 $34,200
St. Louis, MO-IL 30 0.02 0.23 $21.59 $44,920



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)
Baton Rouge, LA 360 0.93 8.52 $25.79 $53,640
Prescott, AZ 40 0.79 7.19 $16.62 $34,580
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 150 0.26 2.33 $14.32 $29,790
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 280 0.12 1.13 $19.87 $41,330
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 30 0.07 0.62 $16.44 $34,200
Columbus, OH 50 0.05 0.46 $17.43 $36,240
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 50 0.05 0.49 $17.88 $37,190
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 180 0.05 0.43 $27.49 $57,180
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 110 0.05 0.43 $19.34 $40,220
St. Louis, MO-IL 30 0.02 0.23 $21.59 $44,920



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) $31.01 $64,500
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 180 0.05 0.43 $27.49 $57,180
Baton Rouge, LA 360 0.93 8.52 $25.79 $53,640
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $24.87 $51,720
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $22.40 $46,590
St. Louis, MO-IL 30 0.02 0.23 $21.59 $44,920
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 280 0.12 1.13 $19.87 $41,330
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ (8) (8) (8) $19.85 $41,290
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX (8) (8) (8) $19.63 $40,830
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 110 0.05 0.43 $19.34 $40,220

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 40 0.25 2.25 $25.76 $53,580
Winnsboro nonmetropolitan area 30 0.40 3.68 $21.67 $45,080

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 30 0.40 3.68 $21.67 $45,080
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 2.25 $25.76 $53,580

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 40 0.25 2.25 $25.76 $53,580
Winnsboro nonmetropolitan area 30 0.40 3.68 $21.67 $45,080


About May 2014 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015