Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
18,970 7.4 % $25.96 $53,990 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.38 $21.41 $25.97 $30.12 $35.07
Annual Wage (2) $38,230 $44,530 $54,020 $62,640 $72,950


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 17,010 7.91 $26.56 $55,250
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 1,450 4.34 $18.02 $37,480
Local Government (OES Designation) 170 0.00 $38.49 $80,060
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 50 0.00 $24.29 $50,530

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 17,010 7.91 $26.56 $55,250
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 1,450 4.34 $18.02 $37,480
Local Government (OES Designation) 170 0.00 $38.49 $80,060
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 50 0.00 $24.29 $50,530

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government (OES Designation) 170 (7) $38.49 $80,060
Rail Transportation 17,010 7.91 $26.56 $55,250
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 50 (7) $24.29 $50,530
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 1,450 4.34 $18.02 $37,480


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 3,350 0.29 2.10 $25.03 $52,050
Missouri 1,210 0.44 3.23 $25.54 $53,130
Pennsylvania 1,040 0.18 1.32 $24.70 $51,380
Louisiana 710 0.36 2.65 $26.55 $55,220
Iowa 650 0.42 3.08 $26.17 $54,430



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 350 1.24 9.04 $24.74 $51,470
Nebraska 520 0.55 3.96 $25.73 $53,520
Missouri 1,210 0.44 3.23 $25.54 $53,130
Iowa 650 0.42 3.08 $26.17 $54,430
Louisiana 710 0.36 2.65 $26.55 $55,220



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 600 0.07 0.48 $33.73 $70,160
Massachusetts (8) (8) (8) $30.60 $63,650
Georgia 320 0.08 0.57 $29.36 $61,060
Minnesota 600 0.22 1.59 $28.91 $60,130
Wisconsin 160 0.06 0.43 $28.05 $58,340




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)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 490 0.17 1.23 $18.46 $38,400
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 180 0.03 0.20 (8) (8)
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 80 0.16 1.19 $16.77 $34,890
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 40 0.03 0.24 $17.18 $35,740



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)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 490 0.17 1.23 $18.46 $38,400
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 80 0.16 1.19 $16.77 $34,890
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 40 0.03 0.24 $17.18 $35,740
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 180 0.03 0.20 (8) (8)



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)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 490 0.17 1.23 $18.46 $38,400
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 40 0.03 0.24 $17.18 $35,740
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 80 0.16 1.19 $16.77 $34,890

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)
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 40 0.58 4.21 $18.88 $39,270

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)
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 40 0.58 4.21 $18.88 $39,270

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)
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 40 0.58 4.21 $18.88 $39,270


About May 2015 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 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016